Created in 1997 to oversee BRE, the BRE Trust uses gift aid to fund new research and education programmes that help to meet our charitable goals and objectives.


A registered charity, the Trust commissions BRE and BRE Global, along with our university and other partners, to conduct research that generates the knowledge, skills and tools needed to create a better built environment for all.

Over the last 20 years we have funded more than £20m of research, published over 300 new or updated titles and supported more than 300 post-graduate students. We have also been able to attract extensive additional funding from both government and private sector sources, and we have developed a growing network of partners and collaborators whom we work with and support.

The findings of this research have been disseminated in over 3,000 peer-reviewed papers, conference proceedings and books, and more than 2,000 students have graduated from BSc and MSc courses supported by the Trust.

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The senior BRE management team when the BRE Trust was founded included, left to right: Martin Shaw (Director of Fire Research), Martin Wyatt (CEO of BRE), Roger Courtney (Director of BRE), James Horan (Finance Director).

100 Years of BRE

Watch our 100 years of BRE timeline here to find out more about what has driven our research and education goals throughout our history.