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Improving fire safety design with coupled hybrid modelling

A new computer model can provide added insights into fire risks in complex buildings, and help engineers to develop robust fire safety designs. This coupled hybrid modelling has been investigated by Benjamin Ralph as part of a BRE Trust supported PhD studentship at the University of Edinburgh.  Read more

Retrofitting energy efficiency measures – training videos

Poor quality design and installation of energy efficiency measures can reduce energy and cost savings, and increase moisture problems, fire risks and poor air quality. A series of videos giving expert guidance on key technical issues to consider when retrofitting energy efficiency measures in homes, is freely available here.

New guidance on lighting for circadian rhythms

A new BRE Trust report summarises research to assess circadian lighting, and provides guidance for building manager, lighting designers, manufacturers and installers. Circadian lighting aims to improve working-hours alertness using bright light, and then aid relaxation with lower-brightness, warmer-coloured light. The publication is free to download.

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

The latest 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.

Using BIM to improve operational waste management in buildings

Research exploring the potential for applying BIM to improving operational waste management in buildings – in a project supported by the WCC Research Award 2018 – is presented in a new video now available for viewing.

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