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Calling all innovators and inventors!

  Do you have a great product idea or invention relevant to the construction industry? Or do you like puzzles and want to have a go at solving a problem identified within the industry? Travis Perkins plc has announced the first Travis Perkins Innovation Awards (TPIA) opened for...
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11 Feb 2016

Live investigations of false fire alarms

False alarms have been reported to cost the country up to £1 billion per year, due largely to the disruption and loss of productivity in businesses. There is no single organisation responsible for investigation false alarms or providing guidance on reducing them.  This lack of...
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08 Feb 2016

The Fire Research Conference 2016

Further to the success of last year’s conference, we will be holding our second Annual Fire Research Conference again this year on the 9th June 2016.  Some of our leading fire experts will be presenting the latest findings and lessons learnt on industry’s most topical...
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02 Feb 2016

We are BRE

How much do you know about BRE? Whether you work in construction, manufacturing, government or real estate, you have most likely come across either our research, products, services, standards or qualifications in the UK and internationally.  As like any complex organisation, we...
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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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11 Dec 2015

Cardiff University Sustainability Platform

Find out more about the work of the BRE Centre of Excellence at Cardiff University. The Centre, headed up by Professor Yacine Rezgui,  have a focus on creating digital representations of large scale built environment utility systems including energy and water and linking them to...
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09 Dec 2015

Call for Abstracts – Young Researchers’ Forum III: Innovation in Construction Materials

As a member of the IOM3 Sustainable Development Group  I am delighted to invite young researchers to submit abstracts to our third forum on Innovation in Construction Materials. The forum will take place at Imperial College London on Tuesday 12th April. The purpose of the Forum...
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25 Nov 2015

Sprinkler systems to be fitted in all new and converted housing in Wales from 2016

In January 2014 the Welsh Minister for Housing and Regeneration agreed to fund a series of pilot schemes for the design and installation of fire sprinkler systems in social housing in Wales. This was in preparation for the introduction of the new requirement for fire sprinklers...
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19 Oct 2015

BRE Social Research Team – Getting the value from your questionnaire

Right team, we are starting a really exciting project wouldn’t it be great to get some feedback from potential users of our product? I know, let’s do a survey! Oh look, Wikihow, how to create a survey in 14 steps…with pictures?! Jackpot! Bish, bash, bosh, survey created and...
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07 Oct 2015

Smog Vacuums, 3D printing and glass-based paint – 4 of the best technology videos on the web

3D Printed Glass Team at MIT look at the potential for using 3D printing glass. The two chamber system appeared in the September edition of 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing.   Glass paint to keep metal surfaces cool Researchers at John Hopkins University have...
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