In the era of climate change, few issues define a building's success more clearly than the way it uses energy - whether it is a home, a school, a business or a whole development.
Developing low carbon buildings that meet both regulatory and customer needs shouldn't be onerous or costly. We can help you to plan, design and construct such buildings, improve existing buildings, solve specific problems or carry out post occupancy evaluations of performance. Areas of particular expertise include:
Building energy modelling - predicting the energy performance of your buildings. Having developed the SAP and SBEM modelling tools for complying with regulations and generating EPCs, we are well placed to apply these and other specialist tools to your design.
Energy consultancy - on every aspect of energy use in individual buildings and whole developments. Our consultancy services include design advice, product testing, post-occupancy evaluation and sustainability audits.
Energy policy support - we are a trusted source of energy policy technical support for government departments and public-sector bodies. We also advise on energy-using products, climate change strategies, house condition surveys and best practice programmes.
Building materials - expert consultancy on selecting low carbon materials and components. Our Green Guide Online details life cycle environmental impacts of materials and components, and Green Book Live is a free online database of products and services.
Building services - specifying the most effective heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation systems.
National Solar Centre - providing impartial consultancy and research services for organisations interested in solar technology solutions at any scale. Our services include feasibility studies, solar development/ acquisition support, technical due diligence, quality assurance, performance optimisation and training.
Renewables - reducing your carbon footprint and cutting energy costs. We run three government-funded renewables and microgeneration programmes:
- Microgeneration Certification Scheme - certifies microgeneration products and installers
- Renewable and low carbon energy technologies consultancy
Codes and assessments - we help you to successfully gain BREEAM ratings, achieve the required Code for Sustainable Homes levels and gain better EPC ratings.
Innovation - the BRE Innovation Park includes full-scale demonstrations of diverse and exciting approaches to low carbon design and construction. Visit the Park and see for yourself.