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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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04 Feb 2016

BREEAM: Creating resilience against climate change

BREEAM project teams are being challenged and upskilled to deliver and adapt a built environment fit for the climates of the future.
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25 Jan 2016

Lighting impacts on health and what the industry should know

Adequate lighting and lighting controls, including the provision of emergency lighting, are essential to enable people to work and move around a building or external site safely. Poor lighting, particularly lighting that causes glare, can give visual discomfort which may result...
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18 Jan 2016

Briefing Paper – Reducing Crime Hotspots in City Centres

A new Briefing Paper funded by the BRE Trust considers the important role that built environment play in crime and disorder. The paper by authors Sharon Monahan and Andrew Gemmell is based on research funded by the BRE Trust as part of its Future Cities Programme, with the...
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14 Jan 2016

How do cities impact our health and wellbeing?

Built environment professionals are taking a greater interest in the impact of urban environments on health and wellbeing. But what do we really know about how cities impact health? The Guardian held a roundtable in December with a number of health and planning experts on this...
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