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”

The half billion £ cost of not carrying out preventative housing interventions

A new report from IHS BRE Press analyses the cost-benefit to the NHS arising from preventative housing interventions.  The report, funded by the BRE Trust, models the costs-benefit of some common preventive home interventions on a larger scale using national data sources. It builds on a workshop held in collaboration with Care and Repair England … Continue reading “The half billion £ cost of not carrying out preventative housing interventions”

7 ways to reduce unintended consequences from solid wall insulation

The environmental and financial benefits of insulating the UK’s older building stock are significant. However, if this is implemented badly, a number of unintended consequences could be introduced that could jeopardise the integrity of the building elements and the health and wellbeing of the occupants. A new report from BRE IHS press considers surveyors, designers … Continue reading “7 ways to reduce unintended consequences from solid wall insulation”

Building performance: Bridging the gap between design and operation

By 2050, around half of the total carbon dioxide emissions from the UK non-domestic sector are likely to be from buildings that were constructed before 2020. While newbuild stock constitutes only 1% of the total building stock each year, it drives thinking across the sector in terms of physical design features, system design and operational practices, and this thinking has an … Continue reading “Building performance: Bridging the gap between design and operation”

Alkali-activated binders for precast and ready-mixed concrete products

Alkali-activated (AA) binder technologies can utilise locally available clays, waste materials and industrial by-products in combination with a manufactured chemical activator. The production of AA binder technologies uses less energy and produces less carbon dioxide than conventional Portland cement (PC). Although low-carbon concretes made from AA binders share some materials in common with conventional PC-based … Continue reading “Alkali-activated binders for precast and ready-mixed concrete products”

Latest edition of BRE bestseller Building on Fill: Geotechnical Aspects

IHS BRE Press has just published the 3rd edition of the bestselling publication Building on fill: geotechnical aspects.  The latest revision, funded by the BRE Trust, draws on more than 40 years of BRE’s research and consultancy in the field. A high proportion of commercial, industrial and housing developments are now built on fills, that … Continue reading “Latest edition of BRE bestseller Building on Fill: Geotechnical Aspects”

DESIGNING TO REDUCE THE CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL VULNERABILITY OF NEW BUILDINGS

  A free to download Information Paper from authors Vina Kukadia and Alan Abela looks at how buildings can be made more resilient to chemical, biological and radiological threats. Buildings are currently not designed specifically to offer protection against chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) releases. However, should a CBR event occur, it has the potential … Continue reading “DESIGNING TO REDUCE THE CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL VULNERABILITY OF NEW BUILDINGS”

Good Building Guide: Sound Insulation in Dwellings

New publication from IHS BRE Press provides practical guidance on designing and building homes with better sound insulation. With the global shift towards urban living and higher density developments, the issues surrounding noise in our homes is becoming ever more important. Unwelcome noise can be a major cause of stress and ultimately impact on the … Continue reading “Good Building Guide: Sound Insulation in Dwellings”