As the UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week, BRE and the Design in Mental Health Network have launched a world-first testing scheme for construction products used in mental health care facilities has launched today, offering vulnerable patients more protection from self-harm and better environments more conducive to recovery. The scheme offers comprehensive testing guidance for … Continue reading “World first testing scheme for products used in mental health care facilities”
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”
What is a Healthy Home? Today, UKGBC with support from BRE and Hoare Lea launch a briefing note.
A chance encounter in a traffic jam has led to a major scientific investigation on the wellbeing effects of biophilic design History tells us that people have always been influenced and attracted by nature. For example, tomb paintings from ancient Egypt, as well as remains found in the ruins of Pompeii, demonstrate that people brought … Continue reading “How a BRE office became the centre piece for major biophilic design research”
A chance encounter in a traffic jam has led to a major scientific investigation on the wellbeing effects of biophilic design History tells us that people have always been influenced and attracted by nature. For example, tomb paintings from ancient Egypt, as well as remains found in the ruins of Pompeii, demonstrate that people brought … Continue reading “How a BRE Office Became the Centre Piece for Major Biophilic Design Research”
We have a great opportunity in linking finance with the quality and sustainability of how we build homes, this should be maximised so we can deliver positive outcomes for consumers, the financial sector, developers and regulators. The Home Quality Mark is the tool to do this. 10 years ago the news was full of stories … Continue reading “Getting Green Finance and Mortgages right with the Home Quality Mark.”
Planning and regeneration can help create health promoting environments that are good for people and the environment. Over the last year I’ve been working with Southwark Council on an ambitious project to raise the profile of health and wellbeing in the Council’s planning activities, particularly for the regeneration of Old Kent Road. Initially, BRE was … Continue reading “Healthy planning and regeneration innovations”
There is a common view amongst developers that designing and building for health and wellbeing objectives is more expensive than standard projects and that it doesn’t offer return on investment. I have recently written an article which summarises evidence from a range of organisations, including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Urban Land … Continue reading “Developing healthy homes and communities does not have to cost extra”
2016 was supposed to be the year that zero carbon happened, but it didn’t quite pan out as hoped says Gwyn Roberts.