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The case for decent homes

A new brochure from Care & Repair England highlights the health benefits for older people that home improvements could deliver – while also cutting NHS costs and reducing the widening gaps in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. It is based on data analysis by BRE, which used the BRE Trust Full Cost of Poor Housing methodology. See: Decent Homes for Ageing Well.

Insight into housing conditions across the UK

A new freely available BRE Trust report, The Housing Stock of The United Kingdom, combines findings from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland housing condition surveys into a UK-wide report. It updates current UK housing stock statistics, and gives insights into this country’s housing types and conditions, and poor housing costs. 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 available here.

Impacts on children of indoor air quality

A new report highlights growing evidence that respiratory problems in children can be exacerbated by indoor air pollution, and makes recommendations for improving indoor air quality. BRE IAQ experts (with support from the BRE Trust) were among a wide range of stakeholders contributing to this joint RCPCH and RCP report. Read more

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.

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.

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