The ECO-Binder project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of replacing Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and OPC based concrete products with new ones based on the new Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) class of low-CO2 binders. ECO-Binder addresses the vast market for envelope retrofitting and new construction with a new generation of prefabricated building envelope components which will provide … Continue reading “Eco-Binder”

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”

The Solid Life Project

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. The Solid Life project supports the European market development of Solidia Technologies … Continue reading “The Solid Life Project”

BAMB (Building as Material Banks)

The circular economy aims to change the linear process in which materials are made, used and then disposed. Rather than throwing away, when a material comes to the end of its service it can be reused or regenerated into new products. The material is viewed as a resource rather than waste. BRE is a key … Continue reading “BAMB (Building as Material Banks)”


QUANTUM, a new research project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is aiming to close the estimated average 25% gap between designed and actual energy performance and 1.5% for comfort performance in European buildings. Research indicates that poorly commissioned and operated building management systems are often responsible for this gap, generally … Continue reading “Quantum”

Hit 2 GAP: Highly Innovative building control Tools Tackling the energy performance gap

The actual energy consumption of buildings in Europe often significantly exceeds the expected energy requirements. This gap in energy performance can arise from construction errors or from differences between the way a building was intended to be used and how it is actually used. An energy management platform could help to reduce this energy gap … Continue reading “Hit 2 GAP: Highly Innovative building control Tools Tackling the energy performance gap”

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”

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”