Consultation now live for new flood products standard

The British Standards Institution (BSI) are currently undertaking a public consultation exercise to gather feedback on the draft of the newly formed British Standard (BS) 851188 standard. This is expected to replace the existing Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1188 standards for flood resistance products. This existing PAS standard is broken down into four separate parts: … Continue reading “Consultation now live for new flood products standard”

How much traceability is enough?

‘Momentum building for cattle traceability’ according to Beef Magazine. The New York Times is asking ‘Will blockchain fix the mineral traceability woes?’ The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative has created a standard with a traceability mechanism to ensure that certified aluminium has been manufactured by certified producers at every stage. Meanwhile BIM Today reports that ‘verification processes … Continue reading “How much traceability is enough?”

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018: – QSAND supporting the reduction in direct disaster economic losses

The International Day for Disaster Reduction, held every 13th October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. Each year a different theme of disaster reduction is highlighted, and for 2018 the focus is on reduction of economic losses as a result of disasters globally. This corresponds to target … Continue reading “International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018: – QSAND supporting the reduction in direct disaster economic losses”

Home Quality Mark ONE – helping change the culture in home building

Building more high-quality new homes that fit our current and future needs is a national priority.  BRE has developed the Home Quality Mark (HQM) to provide developers with the tools and framework to differentiate, prove and communicate the benefits of their homes. This then gives consumer, clients, financiers and the wider sector the information and … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark ONE – helping change the culture in home building”

Earth Overshoot Day 2018

Today, August 1st, has been announced as 2018 Earth Overshoot Day; by the Global Footprint Network (GFT). This is the day when yearly global human consumption of natural resources passes the point that can be regenerated naturally. Earth Overshoot Day has been identified by comparing our global ecological footprint, or how fast we consume resources … Continue reading “Earth Overshoot Day 2018”

5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre

In 2013, Greg Barker, the then Minister State for Energy and Climate Change officially opened the BRE National Solar Centre, the UK solar industry was flourishing with approximately 8,800 new PV systems being installed every month adding over 1.1GW of capacity within the year. A lot has changed for solar over the last 5 years.  … Continue reading “5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre”

Norvento headquarters achieve the highest score in BREEAM ES

The CIne building, located in Lugo, has obtained a BREEAM Outstanding rating.  The building is energy self-sufficient and is also able to disconnect from the electricity and gas grids without affecting its performance. The CIne building (Norvento Enerxía Innovation Centre) is one of the most advanced in the world in terms of self-generation and energy independence … Continue reading “Norvento headquarters achieve the highest score in BREEAM ES”