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14 Aug 2018

Getting results with building LCA

  As described in the earlier article Why building LCA?, BREEAM New Construction 2018 requires building LCA to be carried out for the new Mat 01 issue. The requirements in Mat 01 focus on rewarding good quality building LCA through comparison with a benchmark and options...
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16 May 2018

BREEAM – Why building LCA?

  Life cycle assessment (LCA) is used to total up the environmental impact of a product’s supply chain. Providing sufficient data is available on the product’s composition and supply chain, LCA can be used to work out the environmental impact of almost anything from a can of...
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29 Nov 2016

Diagnosing the causes of dampness in buildings

This piece is based on an original blog by John Houston, Principal Scientist in BRE’s Building Technology & Fire Group Excess water /moisture in all its forms (vapour, liquid, and flooding)  is still the most common problem in housing. It results in visible wetting of...
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06 Sep 2016

Sustainable refurbishment – how to better understand, measure and reduce the embodied impacts

Around 10% of UK emissions are associated with the manufacture and transport of construction materials, and the construction process; and refurbishment projects make up a significant percentage of activities in the built environment. The UK is committed to reducin...
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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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24 May 2016

BRE introduces new test programme and guidance for low carbon cements

BRE is now offering testing services related to new performance standard PAS 8820, which has been developed for manufacturers, specifiers and designers of concrete containing alkali-activated cementitious material (ACCM*). Designed to encourage the use of AACMs in the...
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19 May 2016

Time to tackle EPD and generate better value for business

BRE is about to launch BRE LINA (On-Line LCA Tool) at an event on 23rd June at Watford. There has been a steady growth in the number of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for construction products over the past five years but what industry needs is a quick and simple way to...
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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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27 Apr 2016

Time to review Responsible Sourcing

BRE is now starting a consultation process to update the BES 6001 standard. Currently at version 3, BRE is planning to issue a version 3.1 before the end of the year. Existing certificate holders and any other interested parties have been invited to the kick off meeting on 12th...
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07 Dec 2015

Fellowship opportunity at BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials at University of Bath

The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction and the at the University of Bath is currently seeking to recruit a new academic staff position (Prize Fellow) for an early career researcher in Innovative Construction Materials. The position will lead to a permanent academic staff...
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