Improving People’s Lives

High quality living and working environments are essential for good physical and mental health.

Core Topics

Improving indoor noise, light and air quality conditions, and reducing overheating, damp, cold and pollution and their effects on people’s health.

With indoor environments profoundly affecting our physical and mental health, BRE Trust supported projects deliver knowledge and guidance on many of the complex issues involved of both individual and combined affects including:

  • Lighting
  • Air quality
  • Temperature
  • Acoustics
  • Indoor design

Helping people with physical and mental impairments, including sight and hearing loss, autism, dementia and reduced mobility, to continue living and working independently.

Our built environment must be able to respond to an aging population – with its associated complex health and wellbeing needs – so that people can continue to feel safe, secure, connected and independent at home.

BRE Trust backed initiatives to support independent living include research and demonstration projects to help those experiencing dementia to live well at home for longer, such as:

  • Dementia-friendly demonstration house
  • Assessing dementia adaption strategies

Investigating the causes of fire deaths and serious injuries, ways of reducing false fire alarms, and innovations for improving fire detection.

BRE Trust supported fire safety research delivers knowledge with practical impacts on everyday life. Involving close partnerships between research scientists and industry.