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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:

  • Building Information Modelling – an introduction for house builders (NF49). Explains what BIM is, assesses the house-building industry’s current use of BIM, and looks at ways in which it might make the most of the opportunities BIM presents. View and download the report here
  • Building sustainable homes at speed: risks and rewards (NF48). Showcases a series of case studies of sustainable housing developments and looks at the rewards and risks of each. View and download the report here

From Rupert Pool and the Investigations Team:
Reducing the risk of cracking in IGUs – checking for edge damage.

BRE experts share their knowledge to help you with common building problems.

Insulated glazing units (IGUs) – double and triple glazing – sometimes develop cracks for which there is no immediately obvious explanation. While investigating such incidents, BRE has found that quite small areas of edge damage can lie behind the problem, along with issues such as poor glazing or lack of care in handling. Careful checking of IGUs for edge damage before installation can help to avoid costly glazing failures. Read on

Events and training

CE Marking of construction products - Helping with the changes

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

The use of timber in the construction of Passivhaus and low carbon buildings

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

Green Deal Advisor training

27-28 March at BRE Watford.
Green Deal Advisor (non-domestic) training for qualified non-domestic energy assessor More

Renewable energy, heating and lighting in Passivhaus and low carbon buildings

10 April in Norwich
Adapt CBE Seminar on how heating and lighting requirements are determined and met in Passivhaus and low carbon buildings. More

A practical guide to Energy Performance Contracting

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

Soft Landings in Passivhaus and low carbon buildings

17 April in Cambridge  
Adapt CBE event at which Stuart Thompson of Morgan Sindall will provide an overview of the soft landings process. More

Certified Passivhaus Designer training

17-26 April at BRE Watford
Distance Learning and seven training days split over two weeks. More

Residential sprinkler systems in the UK – an update

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

BRHG Seminar: Regulation & Legislation – an update,

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

Introduction to renewables

29 April at BRE Watford
A basic introduction to renewable technologies. More

Construction Products Regulation – understanding your obligations for CE Marking

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

Thinking low carbon

April-June 2013
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 ...

BREEAM training

For full details of events and training programmes on all aspects of the BREEAM schemes and built environment sustainability click here.

SMARTWaste Plan and SWMP training

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 ...


External fire performance of roofs: A guide to test methods and classification

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

Durability of alkali-activated binder concretes: Early age performance data

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

Retrofit Briefing is an e-publication providing news, analysis and data on building retrofit and refurbishment. More

Two new NHBC Foundation reports on BIM and building sustainable homes.

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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