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08 Sep 2017

Keeping you dry

Keeping you warm, dry and safe are the basic functions of a home.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen plenty of examples across the world where this basic functionality has not been achieved.  In Houston Texas, tens of thousands of people have been displaced, and over 1200...
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21 Mar 2017

5 things you may not know BRE can help you with

Having been around for over 90 years and being at the forefront of the built environment, BRE gets involved in a lot of areas. You may well know of our world leading testing facilities, where we test products and materials against the elements – or perhaps you are aware of the...
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20 Feb 2017

Building flood resilience into the fabric of Britain

Our climate is changing. We are seeing more extreme weather events which could lead to increases in heavy rainfall and significantly increased risks from river and surface water flooding. A growing population means more houses, which means more people will be at risk. Over 5...
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24 Oct 2016

Flood resilience standards, certification and skills – have your say

In 2015, Defra brought together key business interests in a ‘Roundtable’ and challenged to bring about significant change in flood resilience. This resulted in the Property Flood Resilience Action Plan, which sets a path for addressing the major barriers to people being able to...
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17 Oct 2016

Meet Bria. She helps create sustainable sheltering in the humanitarian sector

Bria Fast, from Minneapolis, USA, is the first ever volunteer to join the QSAND team. She has been supporting the project in Nepal where the concept of a self-assessment tool is still very new.
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10 Oct 2016

My Construction Role Model: The teacher that inspired me

I knew I was interested in working in the environmental sector since the end of my time at school, however my decision for this was confirmed while at sixth form. It was an area I felt had some of the greatest threats of the 21st century posed against it with the impact of...
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26 Sep 2016

The Property Flood Resilience Action Plan

The consequences of climate change have struck close to home in recent years, with extreme weather and flooding events in the UK, notably in 2013/14 and 2015/16 causing billions of pounds worth of damage to properties and disruption to the lives of thousands of people as a...
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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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29 Jun 2016

New Asset Risk and Resilience training course

Risk is inherent in everything we do and uncertainties need to be managed. Organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the fundamental need to manage risk as a major part of their management and future business strategies. An enterprise-wide approach to risk management...
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08 Apr 2016

Breaking the ice: Conserving the Antarctic buildings

The heroic age of polar exploration is rightly named; epitomised by Amundsen and Scott racing to the South Pole in 1911 and later in 1914 the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton that saw the loss of his ship, the Endurance, and subsequently the most enduring story...
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