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Issue 105

Welcome to your monthly E-newsletter of built environment sector news, training, events, publications and recruitment opportunities.

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Launch of BREEAM for building refurbishment and fit-outs

The official launch of BREEAM UK Refurbishment & Fit-Out 2014 at MIPIM UK next month will be followed by series of free briefing events around the UK. Read more

Building resilience products showcase

Manufacturers and distributors can now showcase their products for enhancing building resilience at the world renowned BRE Innovation Park. For information email

One-stop shop for BREEAM assessments

BREEAM Projects, a one-stop shop for assessing and certifying building projects against BREEAM, has been released in Beta. Your feedback welcome. Read more

Solar farms and agriculture can work well together

A video marking the launch of guidance on combining solar farms with raising free-range poultry and grazing sheep (published by the BRE National Solar Centre) can be viewed here – or read more

New opportunities for manufacturers to CE mark their products

BRE Global is one of the first organisations in Europe to be able to provide construction product manufacturers with complete CE marking services for a variety of ETAGs under the CPR - listed here.

Exemplar low carbon building takes shape

Construction of the Enterprise Centre at The University of East Anglia reached a key milestone last month with the completion of the building’s ground-breaking timber frame. Read more

Responsible sourcing - list of BREEAM recognised schemes published

BRE Global has completed a detailed review of responsible sourcing certification schemes. Read more

£7k award for resilience research

Applications are being invited for the £7,000 Royal Charter International Research Award for a study on built environment resilience. For information email

New insight into building sustainability trends

An in-depth guide to trends in the use and uptake of BREEAM has been published and can be seen here.

BRE scoops apprenticeship award

At the Eastern Region National Apprenticeship Awards 2014 BRE won in the Newcomer Large Employer of the Year category. Read more


From the BRE experts
Responsible sourcing of construction products

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

BES 6001 Certification Scheme Manager, Derek Hughes, follows up his earlier introduction to responsible sourcing by discussing the take-up of BES 6001, a widely used standard for certificating the responsible sourcing of construction products. Read more

BRE Academy and Events news

Enterprise Centre (see above) site tours

Various dates, Norwich

See at first-hand the innovative timber frame structure and low carbon concrete foundations. More

BREEAM awareness course

24 September, BRE Scotland

Gain an understanding of BREEAM core credits and timeline requirements. More

Repair and maintenance update. BRHG event

25 September, BRE Watford

Dealing with asbestos and condensation, and news on solid-wall insulation research.  More

Behaviour Change: Improving Health and Safety Performance

30 September - 1 October, Buxton

Course delivered by HSL psychologists on why workers take risks, covering the factors that influence behaviour. More

Fire door inspection

2 October, BRE Watford

BRE and DHF developed course on issues to be addressed in fire door inspections. More

Healthcare Estates conference, exhibition, dinner

7-8 October, Central Manchester

The IHEEM Annual Conference, Awards Dinner and the UK’s largest trade exhibition for the health sector.  More

BREEAM 2014 UK New Construction assessor training course

7-9 October, BRE Watford

For new assessors - incorporates all building types in BREEAM New Construction 2014. More

Timber fire door Installation, repair and maintenance

8 October, BRE Scotland

Part of the Fire Door Education Programme. More

BREEAM In-Use International and UK assessor training

14-15 October, BRE Watford

BREEAM In-Use helps building managers to reduce running costs and improve environmental performance. More

UK Passivhaus Conference 2014

16 October, Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre

Latest information about Passivhaus in the UK. More

BREEAM Accredited Professional training and examination

21 October, BRE Watford

For suitably experienced construction professionals wishing to deliver buildings to BREEAM certification requirements. More

BIM AP (Accredited Professional) foundation training

28-29 October, BRE Watford

BRE Academy and Avanti course on the benefits of BIM, and meeting UK Government BIM (Level 2) requirements. More

BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014 briefings

30 October, Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre, London

First in a series of free regional events explaining how this new scheme works. More

BIM AP (Accredited Professional) Foundation Training

4-5 November, BRE Scotland

Stage 1 (Foundation) course of the BRE Academy’s ‘BIM Education Pathway’. More

Innovation and technology update. BRHG event

20 November, BRE Watford

How social landlords can use BIM to deliver newbuilds and refurbishments, and opportunities from offsite construction. More


26-27 November, London Olympia

Mitigating impacts of extreme weather on buildings, and enhancing fire resistance and security. More


Renewable energy sources: how they work and what they deliver: Photovoltaics

DG 532 part 1 provides a basic understanding for those with little knowledge of solar photovoltaics, and for engineers and architects wanting to know more about the technical details of photovoltaic modules. More

Watermist systems for fire protection in domestic and residential buildings: An introduction (DG 534)

For the successful implementation of watermist systems, suppliers and approving bodies require an in-depth knowledge of the system and its intended application. More

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