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Test methods for video flame and smoke detectors

Video fire detectors potentially offer important advantages compared to traditional optical beam smoke and aspirating detectors. However, there is no defined or robust methods of assessing the capabilities of video detectors.

Work by BRE and the Fire Industry Association has addressed this need. Read more.

Three exceptional new Trustees

Three new Trustees – Paul Hetherington, Chief Executive of C&C Marshall, Professor Vicky Pope, formerly Head of Science and Technology Futures at the Met Office, and Jonathan Rickard, Head of Build at housing provider, Radian – have been welcomed to the Trust Council. Their wide ranging expertise and experience will help to give strategic direction to the BRE Trust and its subsidiary companies. Read more.

Cost of poor housing in Wales

Using Welsh Housing Condition Survey data, the full cost of poor housing in Wales has been modelled, analysed and reported in a BRE Trust, Public Health Wales and Welsh Government supported project. It will help to promote health and wellbeing, and make the case for better quality housing. The report is available from here.

Better Indoor environments

Newly published BRE Trust guides provide expert design and regulatory advice on three critical aspects of indoor environment quality – Indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics. The guides are freely available here.

Wood in healthy buildings

Developed by BRE’s Ed Suttie with BRE Trust support, TRADA’s new briefing document, The role of wood in healthy buildings, on timber’s potential role in supporting health and well-being was launched at TTJ’s Wood and Wellness conference in February. Read more

Resilient post-disaster reconstruction

The Working together for disaster relief conference at BRE in February, saw the launch of BRE Trust supported case studies describing disaster relief operations in Nepal and the Philippines, in which QSAND was used to help integrate sustainability and resilience in reconstruction.

The actions of the BRE Trust are directed in 3 core programmes, across which knowledge
and partnerships are interconnected to provide impactful, appropriate projects: