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Housing estate

BRE helps build new embodied carbon database 

BRE is collaborating with other industry leaders to develop a new Built Environment Carbon Database.   A lack of reliably available and consistent data has been one of the barriers preventing ...
Housing in England

BRE report finds poor housing is costing NHS £1.4bn a year

BRE report - ‘The Cost of Poor Housing in England’ - quantifies the cost burden to the NHS caused by hazards arising from poor quality homes in England Findings reveal ...
Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

BRE welcomes Budget business rates reforms

Today's Budget contained welcome changes to business rates - but showed that there is still much that could to be done to address the challenges of the climate emergency in ...

Building a better Britain

Frameworks to build a better Britain: BRE’s third roundtable discussion, held in Manchester, on the question “How can Britain’s built environment tackle social exclusion?”

Watch Part 1 of the video from the day, then explore the rest of the Manchester roundtable. Learn more about our Insights series Frameworks to build a better Britain.

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The UK Heat and Buildings strategy. Does it go far enough?

After over a year of waiting, the UK government published the Heat and Buildings Strategy (HBS) alongside the Net Zero Strategy this week, which shows that the built environment is
Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

BRE responds to Heat and Buildings Strategy

Responding to the UK Government's Heat and Buildings Strategy, Gillian Charlesworth, CEO, Building Research Establishment (BRE), commented: “The Heat and Buildings Strategy is a good start, though it doesn’t provide

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18 industry leaders join forces with BRE and NABERS to improve office energy efficiency

18 industry leaders join forces with BRE and NABERS to improve office energy efficiency

Eighteen industry leaders including AECOM and Arup have committed to being a Supporter of NABERS UK, the energy efficiency programme for office buildings, that is administered by BRE. As advocates

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Breana Wheeler

Why we must act now on net zero

says Breana Wheeler, BRE's Director of US Operations The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report has not only highlighted that global temperatures are likely to rise above

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NABERS UK energy efficiency rating scheme for offices launches to enable more businesses to meet net zero

NABERS UK energy efficiency rating scheme for offices launches to enable more businesses to meet net zero

The world-leading energy rating scheme for UK offices  – NABERS UK Energy for Offices - is now available. Administered by BRE, the scheme will enable asset owners, operators and managers

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Gillian Charlesworth CEO at BRE

BRE celebrates 100 years of world class innovation in the built environment

Today sees BRE begin the celebrations of its centenary as a pioneer in the built environment. First formed in 1921 to carry out research into building materials and suitable methods
Challenges for the built environment: an ageing population

Challenges for the built environment: an ageing population

Following a trend across much of the developed world, the population of the UK is growing, and ageing. The UK population is projected to continue growing, reaching over 74 million
Sustainable finance and net zero: Why investors cannot afford to be left behind

Sustainable finance and net zero: Why investors cannot afford to be left behind

Now is the time for businesses of all shapes and sizes to step up and take action to decarbonise their real estate assets, writes BRE Group's James Fisher. The value

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BRE welcomes extension to UKCA marking deadline

BRE welcomes extension to UKCA marking deadline

BRE has welcomed the extension to the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking deadline, announced by government on 24 August 2021. The transition period to obtain UKCA marking to demonstrate compliance
Care home group

BRE launches free energy efficiency tool for care homes

BRE is helping care home providers to boost the energy efficiency of their buildings, with a new online tool that recommends ways for care homes to save energy, reduce bills

BREEAM Awards 2020

On the evening of Monday the 2nd of March 2020 we celebrated the success of our customers at the annual BREEAM Awards.

Explore the winning projects from the BREEAM Awards 2020, images from the ceremony, and the Best of BREEAM 2020 brochure.

See the full list of winners for 2020 in the press release.

Explore the BREEAM Awards 2020

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Frameworks to build a better Britain

Frameworks to build a better Britain is a BRE series of roundtables and interviews with planners, architects, policy-makers, and construction experts about the future of the built environment.

Read our latest roundtable discussion, hosted in Manchester on the question: How can Britain’s Built Environment Tackle Social Exclusion?

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The Biophilic Office

News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – July 2019

News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – July 2019

Net Zero Carbon The UK Government recently announced a new target requiring the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions ...
An Ageing Population – Challenges for the built environment

An Ageing Population – Challenges for the built environment

Following a trend across much of the developed world, the population of the UK is growing, and ageing. The UK ...
Circular Building Assessment Prototype

Circular Building Assessment Prototype

A BIM based solution for Resource Productivity - Development, Validation and Trial This article summarises the ongoing technical developments of ...

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