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03 Mar 2017

Buildings as materials banks – Enabling a circular way of building

The circular economy aims to change the linear process in which materials are made, used and then disposed. Rather than throwing away, when a material comes to the end of its service it can be reused or regenerated into new products. The material is viewed as a resource rather...
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20 Feb 2017

Building flood resilience into the fabric of Britain

Our climate is changing. We are seeing more extreme weather events which could lead to increases in heavy rainfall and significantly increased risks from river and surface water flooding. A growing population means more houses, which means more people will be at risk. Over 5...
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15 Dec 2016

5 questions about Phase Change Materials (including one about cocktails)

BRE Global technical author Corinne Williams answers 5 questions about her new publication Assessing the performance of Phase Change Materials in buildings. Question 1: Did you have to test several cocktails during the writing of this publication? No! The ice cube example is a...
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11 Nov 2016

Reducing Gatwick Airport’s false fire alarms

Following a successful campaign to reduce false fire alarms, Gatwick Airport called on BRE experts to review its false alarm data and identify ways of further cutting these incidents. They were able to make recommendations and propose an operational process to address the...
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15 Sep 2016

Whole life costing and life-cycle assessment for sustainable building design

The integration of Whole Life Costing (WLC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) presents a powerful route to improving the sustainability of the construction industry. Combining economic and environmental assessment tools to obtain ‘best value’ solutions in both financial and...
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01 Aug 2016

11 things you didn’t know about wood!

HMS Victory not all oak! One of the most famous warships in the world under Admiral Lord Nelsons command at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 ensured HMS Victory’s place in the history books. We know the oak forests of Britain were harvested to build the fleet that ensure Britannia...
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26 Jul 2016

Royal Charter International Research Award

The BRE Trust, in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Constructors, would like to invite applicants for the Royal Charter International Research Award. We are seeking exceptional individuals from across the built environment sector to undertake an innovative, topical...
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19 Jul 2016

BRE Trust reports on latest built environment research

BRE Trust has published its annual review of some of the latest built environment research. Available online, the report outlines research projects and activities across areas ranging from infrastructure sustainability and resilience to occupant welleing and energy. Projects The...
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18 Jul 2016

Unlocking the power of data with BRE Datalabs

BRE Datalabs is a BRE Trust-funded initiative to explore and test the potential for unlocking and exploiting the rich data BRE holds on buildings, certifications and testing, and how best to publish and serve this data for use through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and...
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06 Jul 2016

Route map for low carbon concrete

Approximately 5% of the global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by humans currently arise from cement production. As a consequence, there is commercial interest in developing low-carbon cements and related binders suitable for use ‘at scale’ in concrete production. One...
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