Video Flame and Smoke Detectors

Developing test methods to assess video flame and video smoke detectors Video fire detectors emerged as a new means of fire detection around 15 years ago, particularly in large indoor spaces such as those in atria, warehouses and industrial complexes. Detection of fires in such spaces has traditionally been provided by optical beam smoke and … Continue reading “Video Flame and Smoke Detectors”

The cost of poor housing in Wales

It makes sense to invest in improving housing rather than paying for the consequences of poor housing – damaged physical and mental health and reduced wellbeing and prosperity – through the NHS and other agencies. This is among the conclusions of research commissioned by the BRE Trust, Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government into … Continue reading “The cost of poor housing in Wales”

Building blocks for more sustainable homes – Uganda

In a project supported by the BRE Trust sponsored 2018 Royal Charter International Research Award for Young Constructors, Alastair Marsh (University of Leeds) is working with a Ugandan NGO to test the use of waste organic material in manufactured building blocks to create a more sustainable and economically viable alternative. In particular, this project is … Continue reading “Building blocks for more sustainable homes – Uganda”

Healthy Planning Policy & Monitoring in Southwark & Lambeth

Built environment professionals are increasingly interested in the relationship between places and health. Many guidance documents are available to inform planning policy-makers of the importance of planning and health, yet there remains uncertainty about exactly ‘what works’ with regard to specific design and policy measures. In part, this has been explained by a lack of … Continue reading “Healthy Planning Policy & Monitoring in Southwark & Lambeth”

Ensuring Good Indoor Air Quality

The indoor environment has a significant effect on the health and wellbeing of the population. People in industrialised countries spend approximately 90% of their time indoors with some vulnerable groups spending almost all of their time indoors. Good quality indoor air in buildings is, therefore, vital for the health, comfort, wellbeing and productivity of the … Continue reading “Ensuring Good Indoor Air Quality”

BRE Flood Resilient Repair House

The Flood Resilient House was opened by Emma Howard-Boyd (Chair of the Environment Agency) and Claire Moriarty (Permanent Secretary for Defra) on 3rd February 2017 at a demonstration and launch event of the property. This project was a collaboration between many companies and suppliers, with the common goal of demonstrating what a flood resilient property could … Continue reading “BRE Flood Resilient Repair House”

BIM Manager Training

The CITB has highlighted how key site managers are in delivering BIM projects and that site managers have a key role to play in implementing BIM and ensuring successful adoption. BIM is about far more than simply adopting software, and site managers at the ‘sharp end’ will increasingly be required to adopt and apply BIM … Continue reading “BIM Manager Training”

Connected Homes

Emerging smart digital solutions present the opportunity for a step change in the way that we live, work an address key societal challenges. These smart solutions are enabled by advances in digital technology, our ability to make better use of data, and the creation of new and transformative data driven services and business models. The … Continue reading “Connected Homes”

Q-sand sustainable post-disaster rebuild

Q-SAND stands for Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters and draws on the standards developed by BREEAM. As a part of its commitment to sustainable development, International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) commissioned the development of the QSAND tool to promote sustainable shelter and settlement activities in the aftermath of natural disasters. So … Continue reading “Q-sand sustainable post-disaster rebuild”

Design for deconstruction – helping the construction unlock the benefits of the circular economy

The emerging principles of the circular economy are driving greater resource efficiency. Construction and the built environment is the single biggest user of materials and generator of waste in the UK economy. Effectively dealing with buildings at the end of their life has the potential to unlock significant economic value. However the value that can … Continue reading “Design for deconstruction – helping the construction unlock the benefits of the circular economy”