BRE University Centres of Excellence
In collaboration with industry and academia, the BRE Trust provides funding to support research carried out at five BRE University Centres of Excellence, bringing rigorous science to solve the challenges facing the built environment.
Each Centre of Excellence focuses on a specific area of the built environment which has been selected to complement the specialist areas that exist at BRE. These are:
- University of Bath - BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials
Research areas include: advanced and natural composites, low carbon materials, timber, concrete, steel and masonry
- University of Strathclyde - BRE Centre for Energy Utilisation
Research areas include: dynamic simulation, building controls, energy demand, carbon reduction, low carbon offices, intelligent controls, energy reduction in homes
- University of Edinburgh - BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering
Research areas include: building modelling, design, materials, structures and fire protection
- Cardiff University - BRE Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment
Research areas include: design for sustainable refurbishment, occupancy behaviour related to energy efficiency, neighbourhood dashboards
- Cardiff University - BRE Centre for Computational Analysis
Research areas include: resilience of the built environment, assisted living/ageing population, renewable energy for the domestic sector, low carbon design
The BRE University Centres of Excellence currently support 110 PhD students, 39 full-time equivalent staff and 25 research associates, all carrying out cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of the built environment and how users interact with it.