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12 Jul 2016

Climate change risks and how HQM can help

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have released their independent analysis of the priorities for the next five years.
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30 Jun 2016

How YellowJacket helped TMJ Interiors overcome their H&S challenges – the story

Earlier this month, BRE Digital Tools’ Jo Goodwin spoke to Teresa Gorham, QuESH Manager for TMJ Interiors, to find out more about their experience with BRE YellowJacket and how the tool helps their business. Teresa explained what challenge they were facing and what using...
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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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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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29 Apr 2016

The half billion £ cost of not carrying out preventative housing interventions

A new report from IHS BRE Press analyses the cost-benefit to the NHS arising from preventative housing interventions.  The report, funded by the BRE Trust, models the costs-benefit of some common preventive home interventions on a larger scale using national data sources. It...
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05 Apr 2016

Urban health and sustainability for the built environment

Urban health is a growing research field combining disciplines across health, urban planning, geography and others to explore how the urban context effects health. As an urban planner attending the International Conference on Urban Health last weekend in San Francisco, I was...
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04 Apr 2016

YellowJacket software update version 9.1

For the first time ever, users can configure the tool to suit their needs Users of health and safety reporting tool BRE YellowJacket, will gain a subtle but vastly important update to the software next week, with the tool being down for this maintenance over the coming weekend....
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23 Mar 2016

Healthy places through urban transport

Transport is both a problem and a solution for some of society’s biggest challenges including climate change, rising chronic diseases and growing healthcare expenditure. It was implicated in 3.7 million deaths from ambient air pollution in 2012 and annually results in 1.3 million...
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29 Feb 2016

Helen Pineo: What the Paris Agreement means for me

On 22 April, Heads of State and Government will gather in New York to sign the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement that was secured last year in December. In preparation for the event, UNFCCC has launched a campaign, encouraging everyone across the world to become part of the...
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26 Feb 2016

Indoor and outdoor air pollution – how can Home Quality Mark reduce the number of deaths?

As a new dad, you tend to sit up when headlines talk of 40,000 deaths due to the air we breathe.  The recent report by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is quite stark about all the different pollutants, where they come from and how...
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