Security Glazing: is it all that it’s cracked up to be?

The BRE Trust-funded research project ‘Security glazing: is it all that it’s cracked up to be?’ followed a spate of ‘smash-and-grab’ attacks to steal expensive goods such as jewellery and designer clothing from window displays. These attacks showed that in some cases glazing offers the least resistance to forced entry in situations where criminals are … Continue reading “Security Glazing: is it all that it’s cracked up to be?”

Delivering built asset operational excellence – Insight and tips from construction clients and supply chains

Report from the Constructing Excellence Asset Management group summarises an approach to delivering more value during the operational phase of buildings.  It is based on lessons learnt, insights and tips shared by major construction clients and CE members with the CE Asset Management Group since 2012. The report examines how clients and their supply chains … Continue reading “Delivering built asset operational excellence – Insight and tips from construction clients and supply chains”

BRE Trust reports on latest built environment research

BRE Trust has published its annual review of some of the latest built environment research. Available online, the report outlines research projects and activities across areas ranging from infrastructure sustainability and resilience to occupant welleing and energy. Projects The BRE Trust Review includes summaries of completed projects and their results including the three-year Future Cities … Continue reading “BRE Trust reports on latest built environment research”

Route map for low carbon concrete

Approximately 5% of the global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by humans currently arise from cement production. As a consequence, there is commercial interest in developing low-carbon cements and related binders suitable for use ‘at scale’ in concrete production. One variety of these is known as ‘alkali-activated binders’ or ‘AA binders’. Alkali-activated binders and concretes … Continue reading “Route map for low carbon concrete”

From hollow rock to LEDs

The first lamp was invented around 70,000 BC. A hollow rock, shell or other natural object was filled with moss or similar material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. Jump a few thousand years, long before Thomas Edison patented his incandescent light bulb, British inventors were demonstrating that electric light was possible with … Continue reading “From hollow rock to LEDs”

The full cost of poor housing

Research from BRE reveals the £18.6 billion cost of leaving England’s housing homes unimproved. Although we’ve largely eradicated the diseases associated with the slums of the Victorian era in developed countries like England, there remain a significant number of health and safety hazards in the home.  This is compounded by the fact that the UK … Continue reading “The full cost of poor housing”

A straight forward approach to Energy management and building controls

Building controls, whether stand-alone units or full building energy management systems (BEMS), are designed to provide a comfortable climate for building occupants while consuming the lowest possible amount of energy. Controls can be used to manage heating, cooling, air-conditioning and lighting systems, blinds, fire and security systems and lifts. They can also be used to … Continue reading “A straight forward approach to Energy management and building controls”