BIM leap of faith brings rewards to ADEPT

BRE’s BIM expert Paul Oakley interviews Erol Erturan, Managing Director and Balasz Trojak, BIM Manager from Leeds based engineering consultancy ADEPT about its recently awarded BRE Global BIM Business Systems Certification which demonstrates a company’s compliance with the requirements of BIM Level 2 and the benefits that BIM brings to ADEPT, its clients and the supply … Continue reading “BIM leap of faith brings rewards to ADEPT”

We are BRE

How much do you know about BRE? Whether you work in construction, manufacturing, government or real estate, you have most likely come across either our research, products, services, standards or qualifications in the UK and internationally.  As like any complex organisation, we are much more than meets the eye.Watch the video below to get to … Continue reading “We are BRE”

BRE Scotland wins at Green Apple Awards

BRE’s Innovation Park in Ravenscraig scooped a top accolade at yesterday’s Green Apple Awards in Edinburgh which recognise, reward and promotes environmental best practice around the world At BRE Ravenscraig Innovation Park, we aim to blend science and technology with innovation and entrepreneurship, to develop solutions for existing and future buildings not only in Scotland … Continue reading “BRE Scotland wins at Green Apple Awards”

Irregular shaped building inspires new material

At Technology4Change we often feature examples of how technologies developed for other applications such as space, automotive and telecommunications are being applied in the built environment, but this time buildings are inspiring a ground-breaking physics innovation. Researchers at the Australian National University were inspired by the radical shape of a Canberra building to develop a … Continue reading “Irregular shaped building inspires new material”

Latest tech news from across the web

  Using drones to monitor infrastructure damage Researchers at the University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, and BAE Systems are fitting drones with remote sensing systems and cameras to map damage to transportation infrastructure. Pens filled with high-tech inks for Do It Yourself sensors Researchers at the University of San Diego have developed … Continue reading “Latest tech news from across the web”

Smart façades to save energy

Many glass-fronted office buildings are very energy intensive, requiring extensive heating in winter and cooling in summer to ensure comfortable temperatures for the building’s occupants. In response to this challenge researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Dresden teamed up with the Department of Textile and Surface Design at … Continue reading “Smart façades to save energy”

Green roads made of Algae

In a bid to become less reliant on petroleum-based products, a consortium of French researchers have developed a proof of concept for bio-asphalt from algae.  The project, funded by the Region Pays de la Loire, brought together a multidisciplinary team from the Universities of Nantes and Orleans alongside the French Institute for Science and Technology … Continue reading “Green roads made of Algae”

Energy-generating rubber

  Japanese technology company Ricoh in collaboration with the Tokyo University of Science have developed a breakthrough material in the field of piezoelectrics. Piezoelectric materials generate electricity from mechanical strain such as vibrations.  Good examples in the built environment come from companies such as The Facility and Pavegen who have developed solutions that generate electricity … Continue reading “Energy-generating rubber”