The BRE helsp to reduce the environmental impact of building at all stages, including planning, design, through to refurbishment or end-of-life proposal. Through innovation, research, and testing, the BRE can help to generate new ideas, see them through, and ensure complete, with a huge variety of different projects. Overall, the BRE’s involvement in any project ensures that environmentally friendly, healthy, safe, high quality buildings and communities are created, while also going above and beyond the legal and social requirements.
As a unique and independent source of industry knowledge, the BRE are able to offer their services to the UK government, along with local governments and non-UK governments, on all areas of the built environment. The BRE provide independent testing and certification for a number of products and services, such as structural testing, fire testing and environmental testing. The BRE developed the BREEAM certification which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design. With support from the government, the BRE have extended the BREEAM family to include specific schemes for healthcare, educational, and community building. The BRE also carry out essential research, in areas such as fire safety, to help the continuous development of UK building regulations. Along with this, the BRE advise the government on essential actions needed to achieve the target of 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
Does The BRE have an effect on the UK housing sector?
In the housing sector, the BRE conduct UK house condition surveys that provide data on the likely impacts of particular housing strategies, as well as the performance of the housing stock, determining on behalf of housing associations etc. how something like cavity wall insulation and new energy saving measures may result in carbon reductions or cost savings.
The BRE are able to identify areas where energy savings can be made, and advise the government and housing associations etc. on the best way to do so. Their innovation and research also allows them to continually develop new ways in which energy can be saved and carbon emissions reduced, one of which means consistently upgrading existing houses in order to meet sustainability targets. However, many older houses are within rural and low-income areas, meaning very little people can afford the necessary upgrades to make their household more carbon friendly; which has lead to the introduction of government initiatives like the ECO programme and the Green Deal.