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21 Jun 2016

From hollow rock to LEDs

The first lamp was invented around 70,000 BC. A hollow rock, shell or other natural object was filled with moss or similar material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. Jump a few thousand years, long before Thomas Edison patented his incandescent light bulb, British...
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03 Feb 2016

Energy management – back to basics

The control of energy in buildings is generally poor, despite the availability of a range of tried and tested systems incorporating both mature and innovative technologies. Building controls are designed to provide a comfortable climate for building occupants while ensuring this...
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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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29 Sep 2015

7 ways you can improve your lighting to improve your health

Find out what you can do to make sure the lighting you use every day doesn’t have a negative impact on your health.   Lighting affects our health. It affects our mood and circadian rhythms. Poor lighting is linked to glare, headaches, eyestrain, skin conditions and various...
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29 Sep 2015

Designing for daylight and sunlight, and shading of buildings– what the BRE experts say

IHS BRE Press have just released an updated series of BRE Expert Collections. These collections pull together BRE’s extensive range of publications including Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information Papers into collections relevant to practitioners today....
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09 Jul 2015

Lighting: 5 Reasons for you to Upskill

Lighting is a critical subject area in supporting the sustainability agenda. As such, here are our Top Five reasons why it is important to upskill knowledge of sustainable lighting. 2015 is the UN Year of Light – raising global awareness about light-based technologies promoting...
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28 May 2015

5 factors you should consider in assessing light pollution potential

The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) have partnered with BRE Academy to supply their expertise to tackle the lighting skills gap in industry. Artificial lighting has transformed the way that we live through reducing dependence on changeable natural light – allowing us...
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