Latest news from BRE Latest news from BRE Australia adopts British Standard for cladding fire performance Australia is the most recent country to adopt British Standard BS 8414, in the recently published AS 5113 standard for determining fire performance characteristics and classification of external walls of buildings. The inclusion of the British Standard in AS 5113 adds to the growing international recognition of BS 8414 as a robust means of determining the fire performance characteristics of external cladding systems and follows the recent recognition of BS 8414 in the UAE fire safety codes. Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 New BRE Trust report shows poor quality homes in England cost the NHS 1.4bn per year, and wider society 18.6bn Research from BRE reveals the £18.6 billion cost of leaving poor quality housing in England unimproved. Although we've largely eradicated the diseases associated with the slums of Victorian Britain, there remain a significant number of health and safety hazards in many homes.  This is compounded by the fact that the UK has some of the oldest housing stock in the developed world. Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 BRE Academy launches new eLearning platform - New digital platform is designed to plug the skills gaps of the global construction community at a key time of challenge and change - Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 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*). Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Prater achieves BRE BIM Certification Specialist building envelope contractor Prater, is the latest company to achieve BRE BIM Level 2 business certification just after the Government’s compliance mandate for public sector projects is activated. Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 BRE Trust joins the Campaign for Science and Engineering The BRE Trust, the largest independent UK charity focused on research and education in the built environment, has joined the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE). Tue, 3 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 New straightforward guide to Energy Management and Building Controls published by BRE and ESTA A new briefing paper from BRE and the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) aims to simplify the operational aspects of energy management and building controls. Its author wants to encourage uptake of the technologies so that building owners and occupiers can benefit from better indoor environments that promote well-being, which are more carbon efficient and have reduced energy costs. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 New Managing Director announced for BRE's certification business Dr Debbie Smith OBE has been appointed as the new Managing Director of BRE Global, the certification arm of building science centre BRE which incorporates international brands such as BREEAM and LPCB. She replaces Richard Hardy who takes on the challenge of driving major change projects across the BRE Group.   Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Modular construction specialists McAvoy awarded BRE BIM certification first The McAvoy Group who specialise in modular buildings for the health, education and hospitality sectors have become the first UK offsite construction company to achieve BRE BIM Level 2 business systems certification. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Built environment science centre BRE launches new venture in China The new body will support China’s endeavours to develop its towns and cities in a more sustainable way and help it meet its COP21 carbon reduction commitment. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 BRE Global appoints new manager for its passive fire protection installer approval schemes BRE Global has appointed Philip Brownhill to manage its LPCB approval schemes for installers of passive fire protection systems. The schemes ensure that installers are appropriately trained and have the necessary expertise to install or apply the product correctly in buildings and infrastructure Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100