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17 Sep 2015

Innovation matchmaking for commercial retrofit

  The UK Green Building Council is looking for suppliers of innovative technologies for the commercial retrofit sector.  In the first in a series of matchmaking events, innovators will have the opportunity to pitch their technologies to clients and specifiers who are looking...
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17 Sep 2015

Solving our sustainability challenge through innovation

Almost every large corporate and corporate estate that exists today pre-dates the age of sustainability. Modern-day giants, like Google for example, were born into new ways of thinking and new ways of working. But if your history goes back many years you are now faced with the...
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17 Sep 2015

Zero Energy Furniture

French designers are using phase change materials to create energy saving furniture. We’ve been looking at integrating phase change materials into buildings for some time, however theZeroEnergyFurniture   programme has been looking at how to deliver energy savings at furniture...
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17 Sep 2015

Science and technology roundup from around the web

Dutch SolaRoad performs better than anticipated 6 months into its pilot phase the SolaRoad, consisting of 70 metres of photovoltaic cycle path has generated over 3,000 kWh. New understanding of granular dynamics helps build stronger foundations Chinese and German researchers...
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17 Sep 2015

Tune your windows to suit your mood

Switchable smart glass has been around for a while, however the University of Cincinnati, in partnership with Hewlett Packard and Merck Research Labs have developed tuneable window technology. The patent-pending technology enables occupants to change the brightness, colour and...
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17 Sep 2015

New material to conquer the urban heat island effect

Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a new material that stays cooler than the ambient air temperature even under the heat of the Australian summer sun. As temperature rise globally and more and more people move to cities the Urban Heat Island effect...
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17 Sep 2015

Creating sustainable rubber from the humble dandelion

Those of us who do battle with dandelions in our gardens every year will be pleased to know that the prolific weed can be used to create a sustainable natural rubber. Researchers at Fraunhofer in Germany have developed a new process for large-scale production of high quality...
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15 Sep 2015

IOBAC Interview – Collaboration and understanding your market the recipe for successful innovation

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....
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15 Sep 2015

Data Acquisition & Processes

During the launch event for Digitising the Construction Sector competition on 20 February the Modern Built Environment KTN held an afternoon workshop session on Data Acquisition and Processing.   A big thank you to all the participants that joined us during the afternoon. We...
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20 Jul 2015

Understanding how wildland fires spread and qualifying their impact

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.
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