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08 Feb 2017

Reducing the risk of fires on Waste Sites

The Environment Agency, with the help of BRE, has just published a new Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) guidance document as part of a waste site operator permit.  It requires strict limits on waste pile sizes and how they are stored in order to reduce the risk of fires.  The guidance...
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11 Nov 2016

Reducing Gatwick Airport’s false fire alarms

Following a successful campaign to reduce false fire alarms, Gatwick Airport called on BRE experts to review its false alarm data and identify ways of further cutting these incidents. They were able to make recommendations and propose an operational process to address the...
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06 Oct 2016

Security Glazing: is it all that it’s cracked up to be?

The BRE Trust-funded research project ‘Security glazing: is it all that it’s cracked up to be?’ followed a spate of ‘smash-and-grab’ attacks to steal expensive goods such as jewellery and designer clothing from window displays. These attacks showed that in some cases glazing...
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03 Oct 2016

Learn more about BRE Global’s new security certification scheme for buildings and built infrastructure

SABRE Essentials is a series of publications aimed at breaking down the technical requirements of SABRE – BRE Global’s new security assessment and certification scheme for buildings and built infrastructure – into bite-size portions, helping users of the scheme to better...
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15 Sep 2016

Whole life costing and life-cycle assessment for sustainable building design

The integration of Whole Life Costing (WLC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) presents a powerful route to improving the sustainability of the construction industry. Combining economic and environmental assessment tools to obtain ‘best value’ solutions in both financial and...
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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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02 Sep 2016

BRE public open day – Saturday 10 September

Once again the BRE site will open its doors as part of Heritage Open Days.  This is a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of one of the world’s leading science centres.  Come and learn about the history of BRE and the Bucknall’s estate. There will be talks and...
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31 Aug 2016

Assessing the environmental impacts of construction – understanding European Standards and their implications

  The context for environmental assessment in the construction sector is undergoing considerable change. This is largely due to the publication of the suite of standards from CEN TC 350, which interlink with those from International Standards Organisation (ISO) relatin...
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04 Jul 2016

Procuring an effective security system

Buildings protect what is important to us and given that there will always be threats to building security, there is a need to deploy appropriate and proportionate protective security to protect people and assets from losses.  Gavin Jones, Director of SABRE has recently written a...
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03 Jun 2016

Mobility Scooter Fire Experiments

Lewisham Homes has partnered with the London Fire Brigade, BRE and the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) to carry out tests to examine how effective residential sprinkler systems are on mobility scooter fires. Steve Kilden, Fire Safety Advisor for Lewisham...
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