1. In 1940 Barnes Wallis created a small scale replica of the Mohne Dam on the BRE site to trial out his famous bouncing bombs. The prototype still exists today. 2. BREEAM is the world first environmental scheme for buildings – Since its inception 20 years ago, over 818 943 homes and 22 972 buildings … Continue reading “10 things you might not know about the BRE Group”
In our latest innovation interview, supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network, we caught up with Oliver Schneider from innovation-led architectural practice The Facility. The Facility started in the early 1990s as a traditional architecture practice. Oliver’s passion for finding ways to do things differently has led him to take the practice in a different direction, … Continue reading “From Bridges to Robots – The Facility’s Innovation Journey”
Market understanding, long term commitment and collaboration again emerge as the critical factors in successful innovation in the sector. We caught up with Hamish Watson, inventor of the Polysolar Building Integrated Transparent Solar Glass. Polysolar has developed the world’s first completely transparent low-cost photovoltaic (PV) glazing that can generate electricity with around 20% light transmission … Continue reading “Plastic Electronics to Building Products – Polysolar Building Integrated Transparent Solar Glass”
In the second in our series of innovator interviews, supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network, we met up with Marco Poletto from ecoLogicStudio. Their Bio-Digital cladding system is a great illustration about how new building technologies can develop when art and science combine. ecoLogicStudio’s technology encapsulates algae micro-organisms within a custom-designed ETFE cladding system. Collaborating … Continue reading “When art and science combine Bio-Digital Cladding emerges”
The effect of longitudinal ventilation on tenability during egress from passenger trains in tunnels during fire emergencies
“The effect of longitudinal ventilation on tenability during egress from passenger trains in tunnels during fire emergencies.” Presentation by Dr Ricky Carvel from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh at the 16th International Symposium on Aerodynamics, Ventilation and Fire In Tunnels (ISAVFT), Seattle, USA, 15th See more at http://www.see.ed.ac.uk/fire/index.html
A recent interview with BRE’s Group Research Director Deborah Pullen, looks at the work of the BRE Trust, its major achievements to date, its future focus and how to get involved in its programme of activities.
In the first of our series of six interviews looking at the innovation process we talked to Ian Spreadborough, MD of magnetised flooring company IOBAC. BRE first met IOBAC when the participated and won the Knowledge Transfer Network’s Innovation Zone at Ecobuild 2012. IOBAC’s technology takes standard forms of installing flooring and simplifies this into … Continue reading “IOBAC Interview – Collaboration and understanding your market the recipe for successful innovation”
Professor Albert Simeoni, Former BRE Research Chair of Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh talks of his forthcoming presentation: Understanding how wildland fires spread and qualifying their impact.