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Issue 87, March 2013
Welcome to your March 2013 E-newsletter of events, training, news, publications and recruitment opportunities in the built environment sector.
Downing Street leads the way at the BREEAM Awards
10-12 Downing Street, the building complex that includes the home of the British Prime Minister, was one of 17 buildings to receive BREEAM Awards (presented by One Show reporter Lucy Seigel) at Ecobuild on 5 March. The Downing Street complex received a special award for the building that has made the most improvement year-on-year in its BREEAM In-Use performance. Other BREEAM Award 2013 winners ranged from Victorian terrace homes in Manchester to office and retail developments in Paris and Istanbul. Several BREEAM assessors also received awards. More …
Honest Buildings brings transparency to UK commercial real estate
The Honest Buildings real estate network, a USA-based online data sharing portal, was officially launched in the UK on 27 February. BRE Global, which has partnered with Honest Buildings to bring greater transparency to UK commercial real estate, will display environmental performance details of thousands of BREEAM certified buildings on the network. Honest Buildings entered the UK market last year and already provides information on 9,500 commercial properties. More …
Building for People – INSITE13
The biennial INSITE exhibition and conference on key built environment issues will be held at BRE’s Watford site on 2-3 October. Providing the buildings, environments and technologies that people and communities want and can use is the theme of INSITE13, with a particular focus on four key areas – Behavioural change, Communities, Impact of buildings on people/health, and Technology advancement. Register your interest now at www.insite13.com
IES launches lifecycle assessment tools
IES has launched a set of software tools that will help construction professionals analyse the embodied impact and life cycle costs of product choices, and operational energy efficiency. This follows a Technology Strategy Board funded project (by BRE, IES, Willmott Dixon and AEC3) called IMPACT, which created an integrated life cycle assessment and cost methodology and database for software developers to incorporate into their tools. IES is the first to deliver IMPACT compliant tools – these will also integrate with BREEAM. More …
New training courses will clarify the industry’s understanding of BIM
With Building Information Modelling (BIM) required in all public projects by 2016, a variety of interpretations of what BIM is has emerged in the industry – hindering its adoption. BRE has worked closely with members of a government working party on BIM teaching requirements, and with Cardiff University and BuildingSMART, to develop three training courses (being held for the first time on 8/9/10 May) providing a thorough understanding of: Design management BIM, Project Management BIM and Business Management BIM.
New sponsorship for fire investigation partnership
BRE Global and Fire Investigations UK (FI UK) have become the lead sponsors of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjustors (CILA) ‘Business Interruption’ Special Interest Group. Businesses lose millions of pounds annually because of interruption to trading caused by fire. Investigators from BRE Global and FI UK provide independent, impartial and technically robust services to CILA members in investigating fires on behalf of insurers and policyholders. More …
Young Constructors Research Award
Natacha Redon of Turner and Townsend has received the inaugural Royal Charter International Research Award for Young Constructors. Jointly presented by the BRE Trust and the Worshipful Company of Constructors (WCC), the monetary award is given to an exceptional young individual from the construction sector to undertake an innovative, topical international study relating to construction. More …
Testing burglar resistance
LPCB is now able to carry out testing to EN 1627 (Pedestrian doorsets, windows, curtain walling, grilles and shutters — Burglar resistance — Requirements and classification) having become one of the first companies to achieve UKAS accreditation. The EN 1627 standard determines the resistance of façades to physical attack by an intruder using a range of different and readily available tools. More …
Building’s Top 50 Rising Sustainability Stars
Since the beginning of the year, Building magazine has been seeking the most talented people under 40 working in sustainable construction. These 50 rising stars include BRE’s Helen Pineo. Responsible for the new BREEAM Communities scheme, Helen is playing an important role in driving the understanding of – and engagement in – the sustainability issues associated with communities and large-scale developments. More …
New NHBC Foundation reports
Two new NHBC Foundation reports have just been launched. They are:
From Rupert Pool and the Investigations Team:
26 March at BRE Watford
Course for anyone who manufactures construction products and imports/exports in Europe, and for construction professionals who import goods into or around Europe. More …
27 March at St John's Innovation Centre, Cambridge
Adapt CBE event on the timber types, treatments and processes used in the construction of Passivhaus and low carbon buildings. Speakers include Dr Ed Suttie, BRE Director of Timber. More …
27-28 March at BRE Watford.
Green Deal Advisor (non-domestic) training for qualified non-domestic energy assessor More …
11 April in London
Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is an alternative financing mechanism designed to accelerate investment in cost effective energy saving or renewable energy measures. This one-day conference will help you understand the process and the benefits. More …
17-26 April at BRE Watford
Distance Learning and seven training days split over two weeks. More …
24 April at BRE Watford
A half-day seminar to update building control professionals, fire protection designers and fire brigades on the recent changes to the use of residential sprinkler systems. More …
25 April at BRE Watford
With so much legislation directly or indirectly affecting the management of tenants and housing stock, it is all the more important to keep up to date with changes. Expert speakers will provide updates on what social landlords should be aware of, but also what opportunities lie within the new policies and initiatives. More …
29 April at BRE Watford
A basic introduction to renewable technologies. More …
2 May at BRE Watford
From 1 July the EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR) will replace the Construction Products Directive. This course covers the requirements of the CPR and how to establish whether CE Marking is applicable to a construction product – and if so, the CE marking requirements. More …
A series of interactive seminars and workshops aimed at businesses working across the built environment and sustainability sectors, which are looking to develop skills and knowledge. More ...
For full details of events and training programmes on all aspects of the BREEAM schemes and built environment sustainability click here.
A series of events on complying with Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) regulations and training on how to use the free web based tool SMARTWaste Plan. More ...
This new Digest (DG 528) explains the fire test methods for roofs and how the test data are used to classify the external fire performance. More …
Alkali-activated binders use less energy and emit less carbon dioxide in their production than conventional Portland cements and can also offer durability benefits. This Information Paper (IP5/13) presents some initial results of a programme of long-term durability tests on these concretes, conducted under recent BRE-led research programmes. More …
For full details of a vast range of construction and built environment publications visit www.BREBookshop.com
BRE has a range of career opportunities in science, engineering and administrative disciplines. For more information click here.
10-12 Downing Street was one of 17 buildings to receive a 2013 BREEAM Award
Building for people is the theme of INSITE13
BRE Global has partnered with Honest Buildings to bring greater transparency to UK commercial real estate. More
Rising star wins Young Constructors Research Award. More
New sponsorship for fire investigation partnership. More
Helen Pineo is one of Building’s Top 50 Rising Sustainability Stars. More
Reducing the risk of cracking in IGUs. More
Retrofit Briefing is an e-publication providing news, analysis and data on building retrofit and refurbishment. More
External fire performance of roofs: A guide to test methods and classification (DG 528)
Durability of alkali-activated binder concretes: Early age performance data (IP5/13)
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