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About the BRE Trust

The BRE Trust is the largest UK charity dedicated specifically to research and education in the built environment.

Set up in 2002 to advance knowledge, innovation and communication for public benefit, the Trust uses all profits made by the BRE Group to fund new research and education programmes that will help to meet its goal of ‘building a better world together’.

The Trust commissions research into the challenges faced by the built environment and publishes project findings which act as authoritative guidance to the construction industry. Through its activities, the Trust aims to achieve:

  • A higher quality built environment
  • Built facilities that offer improved functionality and value for money
  • A more efficient and sustainable construction sector with a higher level of innovative practice.

In collaboration with academia and industry, the Trust awards scholarships and bursaries to PhD and MSc students, and provides financial support to the Chairs of five University Centres of Excellence.

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BRE, along with BRE Global Ltd and FBE Management Ltd are subsidiary companies of the BRE Trust. This ownership structure enables BRE to be held as a national asset on behalf of the construction industry and its clients, independent of specific commercial interests. It protects the impartiality and objectivity of the BRE Group in providing research and guidance.

The BRE Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (number 3282856), and registered as a charity in England (number 1092193) and in Scotland (number SC039320).

Registered office: Bucknalls Lane, Garston, Watford WD25 9XX