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.
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
- Low-Carbon Buildings Programme - provides energy efficiency and microgeneration grants
- Community Sustainable Energy Programme - helps community-based organisations reduce energy costs and impacts.
Codes and assessments - we help you to successfully gain BREEAM ratings, achieve the required Code for Sustainable Homes levels and gain better EPC ratings.
Training - our highly regarded training courses include iSBEM training, Energy Assessor Courses and microrenewable energy overviews, Approved Certifiers of Design (ACD) for Scotland and EPC's for Scotland.
Energy Assessor Accreditation Schemes - our Accredited Scheme members work within a quality framework to deliver the highest levels of service to their clients, find a BRE Global Energy Assessor, become a BRE Global Energy Assessor.
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.