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HQM spotlight – Access and Space

July 20th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Home Quality Mark, Research Partnerships|Tags: |

My name is David Maina and I work for BRE as a technical consultant in the Home Quality Mark (HQM) team. The HQM manual address a number of issues for new homes, which have been identified from research, learnings from previous housing stock issues and by engaging with industry. This is the first of a series [...]

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World first biophilic design research project connects buildings with nature

July 10th, 2017|Categories: Biophilic Design, BRE Trust, Design, Health & Wellbeing, Innovation, News, Publications, Research, Sustainability|Tags: |

A live office refurbishment will provide environmental and human data as evidence for positive health and wellbeing impacts on office occupants BRE has launched The Biophilic Office project – a ground-breaking office refurbishment project that will provide quantified evidence on the benefits of biophilic design on health, well-being and productivity of office occupants. The project centres [...]

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It all started with Johnnie

July 10th, 2017|Categories: Fire, Health and Safety, Publications|Tags: |

Tyres have been made from wood as well as leather,  iron and steel (wrapped around wooden wheels), and used on carts and wagons. The original spelling was ‘tire’, which comes from the French word tirer: to pull. Pneumatic tyres The first practical air-filled pneumatic tyre was made in 1888 by John Boyd Dunlop, a Scots-born vet, for his son [...]

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International partnership for sustainable construction promises tangible benefits to Russian construction sector

July 7th, 2017|Categories: BREEAM, BREEAM Communities, breeam in use, BREEAM Infrastructure, BREEAM New Construction, BREEAM News, BREEAM News Page, BREEAM Refurbishment, News|Tags: |

National Research Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU) and the Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC) have today announced the launch of a partnership with BRE, the world leading multi-disciplinary building science centre. The partnership is aimed at driving sustainable best practice through knowledge share and the development of BREEAM to enhance competitiveness of projects in [...]

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How BREEAM Helps to Reduce CO2 Emissions

June 8th, 2017|Categories: BREEAM USA Blog|

By Barry Giles In recent days, big-name CEOs of large corporations have come out to support global efforts in reducing carbon – despite the lack of support from the U.S. Federal government. Many of them are already embracing the scientific facts that support the growing industry of benchmarking existing buildings and carbon reductions. Here in the [...]

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Why Achieving BREEAM Certification is a Worthy Goal

May 10th, 2017|Categories: BREEAM USA Blog|

By Barry Giles The BREEAM standard for green building certification is new to America and naturally there have been a lot of questions about the program. We frequently hear a number of concerns: How solid is this new rating system? Why should my company risk using BREEAM? How does a BREEAM certification bring value to my [...]

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Why Choose BREEAM?

April 20th, 2017|Categories: BREEAM USA Blog|

By Barry Giles Up until the last few years, there have been few options for Class B and C buildings to cost-effectively benchmark and certify buildings using available green building rating systems. Since then, quite a few new programs have entered the American green building market. BREEAM is one of those programs. However, BREEAM is not [...]

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BREEAM – Why choose BREEAM?

April 15th, 2017|Categories: webinar|

BREEAM - Why choose BREEAM? In March of this year, BREEAM USA certified its first asset, The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, CA. Since then, we have received numerous questions about the BREEAM USA In-Use program. In this webinar we address some of those questions, such as: Why choose BREEAM In-Use over other rating systems? How is BREEAM In-Use [...]

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How BREEAM Produces Comprehensive Benchmarking in Record Time

April 1st, 2017|Categories: BREEAM USA Blog|

By Barry Giles Benchmarking existing buildings can be complex, especially in today’s marketplace with more and more options becoming available. It is hard to decide between a free energy standard or something with depth and a higher price point. Some programs may involve a long-term contract and results that take months to report. Long-term contracts do [...]

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The Sustainable Value of BREEAM

March 21st, 2017|Categories: BREEAM USA Blog|

By Barry Giles When BREEAM was first created in 1990 it was developed as a way to build sustainable new construction. It worked so well, all other green building rating systems were modeled on the original BREEAM system. Yet new construction is just a tiny percentage of the entire built environment, and every newly constructed building [...]

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