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05 Apr 2016

How secure is your building?

BRE’s Gavin Jones talks about the research that has gone into the new standard SABRE (Security Assurance by BRE). SABRE provides a framework that helps measure, understand and improve the security performance of facilities.    
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04 Apr 2016

7 ways to reduce unintended consequences from solid wall insulation

The environmental and financial benefits of insulating the UK’s older building stock are significant. However, if this is implemented badly, a number of unintended consequences could be introduced that could jeopardise the integrity of the building elements and the health and...
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04 Apr 2016

Home Improvement: Who, What and Why?

Country cottage, Victorian terrace or modern purpose built apartment, what kind of home do you live in and how does it work for you? Would you like to move to a bigger place or are you improving your current home so that it better suits your lifestyle. We are interested in...
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30 Mar 2016

The science behind cracks in buildings

Have you ever wondered why cracks occur? Often unsightly, anyone involved in owning, occupying, designing, constructing or maintaining buildings have dealt with buildings cracks. In most artefacts a crack indicates that the item has failed – or will do so shortly, no matter...
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29 Mar 2016

Driving safety and performance for photovoltaic systems

We caught up with Steve Pester, Principal Consultant from the BRE National Solar Centre to find out how work funded by the BRE Trust is helping improve safety and performance of photovoltaic systems. The research found that minor components installed incorrectly can lead to poor...
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23 Mar 2016

Code for Sustainable Homes – The Numbers

This article summarises the findings of a recent BRE Trust funded research project, performed in collaboration with the University of Reading, which analysed the data collected by the Code for Sustainable Homes (the Code) from its inception in 2007 until the end of July 2014...
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10 Mar 2016

Willmott Dixon and Sir Robert McAlpine Case study; Responsible Sourcing

BRE launched the first BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing (BES 6001) in October 2008 to meet industry and Government demand for a multi-sector and authoritative third party certified responsible sourcing scheme. The standard specifies requirements for...
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08 Mar 2016

Accelerate to Innovate – Seeking Digital Technologies for the Built Environment

We’re really excited to be partnering with CIOB and Construction Manager again this year. Building on the success of last year’s Dragon’s versus Innovators session, we are seeking digital technologies to be paired up with an industry mentor. Digital innovators with fresh ideas...
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18 Feb 2016

Building performance: Bridging the gap between design and operation

By 2050, around half of the total carbon dioxide emissions from the UK non-domestic sector are likely to be from buildings that were constructed before 2020. While newbuild stock constitutes only 1% of the total building stock each year, it drives thinking across the sector in...
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15 Feb 2016

Design for Deconstruction Case Study 5: Office building

This is the fifth and final in a series of case studies that use a new methodology to assess the deconstruction potential of new build properties. The case studies and methodology have been funded by the BRE Trust to raise awareness amongst architects, designers and contractors...
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