The healthy relationship of Biophilic Design and Post-occupancy evaluation

The health and wellbeing of building occupants is a hot topic. It has been acknowledged that buildings have a direct impact on human wellbeing and happiness, something that is compounded by the large amount of time we spend indoors. With this growing interest has come a move to understand biophilia and its potential to improve … Continue reading “The healthy relationship of Biophilic Design and Post-occupancy evaluation”

Sustainable refurbishment – how to better understand, measure and reduce the embodied impacts

Around 10% of UK emissions are associated with the manufacture and transport of construction materials, and the construction process; and refurbishment projects make up a significant percentage of activities in the built environment. The UK is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050; savings linked to refurbishment will have an important part to play in meeting this target. … Continue reading “Sustainable refurbishment – how to better understand, measure and reduce the embodied impacts”

Innovative App could help Social Landlords Tackle Fuel Poverty

  An innovative new app for social landlords and housebuilders, developed by Building Research Establishment (BRE) in partnership with Cruden, has officially been launched by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP. [pullquote]The RetrofitLab App has wide-ranging social, health, environmental and energy saving benefits. – Allan Callaghan, Cruden[/pullquote] Mr Swinney visited the award winning BRE Innovation Park … Continue reading “Innovative App could help Social Landlords Tackle Fuel Poverty”

Pre-demolition and Pre-refurbishment Audits

Find out how funding from the BRE Trust has allowed researcher Kathryn Adams to drive resource efficiency on refurbishment and demolition project. Pre-demolition and pre-refurbishment audits provide clients with independent advice about the products and materials that can be reused or recycled prior to demolition or major refurbishment. The client can then use this report … Continue reading “Pre-demolition and Pre-refurbishment Audits”

Inspiring places: CoRE-Centre of Refurbishment Excellence

  CoRE is a conference and training venue situated in a refurbished pottery works constructed to a BREEAM Excellent standard. CoRE’s outstanding facilities host national and international events and industry-focused seminars. CoRE’s demonstration space provides living working models and exhibitions to train all types of construction related tradespeople as well as business owners and management … Continue reading “Inspiring places: CoRE-Centre of Refurbishment Excellence”