The BRE Trust is an independent charity dedicated to improving the
built environment for the benefit of all. Since 1997...


post-graduates supported

£20 million+

of research funded


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Latest News

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.

Virtual-reality, construction site health and safety training

The development of a training tool in which the trainee is a ‘player’ in a virtual-reality, health and safety ‘game’ set on a construction site, is explained in a new video. The game is customised to the player’s personality and needs, and includes a range of hazards, weather conditions and health issues. Read more.

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.

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.

BRE Trust Annual Review 2018-2019

A snapshot of the latest research and education projects supported by the BRE Trust and its partners to tackle many of the built environment’s most challenging  issues, has been published in the BRE Trust Annual Review 2018-19. The Review is freely available to download 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: