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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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21 Jun 2016

From hollow rock to LEDs

The first lamp was invented around 70,000 BC. A hollow rock, shell or other natural object was filled with moss or similar material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. Jump a few thousand years, long before Thomas Edison patented his incandescent light bulb, British...
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07 Jun 2016

Launching a career with a BRE Trust Studentship

Dr Shamir Ghumra, BRE’s Head of Responsible Sourcing discusses how a PhD studentship from the BRE Trust has helped develop his career.
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06 Jun 2016

Guidance to help combat the challenges of overheating in dwellings

Overheating is becoming commonplace in certain types of UK homes.  Trends towards increased urbanisation, combined with the potential effects of climate change and global warming could mean more homes will suffer from overheating and exacerbate the problem for those that already...
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24 May 2016

BRE Trust seeks new Trustees

The BRE Trust, the largest UK charity dedicated specifically to research and education in the built environment is seeking new Trustees to help shape the future of the built environment. Set up in 2002 to advance knowledge, innovation and communication for public benefit, The...
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20 May 2016

The full cost of poor housing

Research from BRE reveals the £18.6 billion cost of leaving England’s housing homes unimproved. Although we’ve largely eradicated the diseases associated with the slums of the Victorian era in developed countries like England, there remain a significant number of...
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20 May 2016

A ‘Social’ Language for Buildings and Communities

This paper is the first in a series of papers that provide an introduction to research being undertaken to develop an approach for assessing buildings and communities in terms of their value to people. The approach places individuals at the centre of a methodology that allows the...
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16 May 2016

Materials for 3D Printing Using Drones – PhD Opportunity

This exciting PhD studentship will develop materials specifically for 3D printing civil engineering structures using autonomous drones.  Based at the University of Bath the candidate will form part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Imperial College London and...
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29 Apr 2016

A straight forward approach to Energy management and building controls

Building controls, whether stand-alone units or full building energy management systems (BEMS), are designed to provide a comfortable climate for building occupants while consuming the lowest possible amount of energy. Controls can be used to manage heating, cooling,...
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