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”

South ZEB IEE Project

The core objective of the project is to define cost-benefit optimised “packages of measures” based on efficient and quality-guaranteed technologies for the refurbishment of the public building stock towards nZEB that are standardised and adopted by builders and building owners. From this stems three basic objectives: – State-of-the-art assessment of the public building stock through … Continue reading “South ZEB IEE Project”

Low Impact Materials

RISE-Renewable Integrated & Sustainable Electric Heating System

  In the UK there over 25 million domestic dwellings. More than 80% of these homes depend on gas boilers to provide space and hot water heating. Against the context of dwindling UK gas reserves, increased sensitivity to gas supplies sourced internationally and the potential for unsustainable growth in peak time electricity generation, there is … Continue reading “RISE-Renewable Integrated & Sustainable Electric Heating System”

Delivering sustainable buildings: Savings and payback

There is a growing need to demonstrate the value and benefits of BREEAM in order to increase voluntary uptake of BREEAM schemes. The recent part BRE Trust funded publication ‘Delivering sustainable buildings: Savings and payback’ reported research by BREEAM and Sweett Group that applied cost data from real construction projects to three case study buildings … Continue reading “Delivering sustainable buildings: Savings and payback”

BRE DataLabs – An open platform for data sharing and reuse in the construction sector

There is a lot of data that BRE collects and not all of it is utilised properly. Access to data and information for things like programmes for computer software is key as building information modelling (BIM) and new technology comes into play and the ‘Internet of Things’ becomes more prevalent, the access to this data … Continue reading “BRE DataLabs – An open platform for data sharing and reuse in the construction sector”