BRE University Centres of Excellence

In collaboration with industry and academia, the BRE Trust provides funding to support research carried out at six BRE University Centres of Excellence, bringing rigorous science to solve the challenges facing the built environment.

Each Centre of Excellence focuses on a specific area of the built environment which has been selected to complement the specialist areas that exist at BRE. These are:

Research areas include: advanced and natural composites, low carbon materials, timber, concrete, steel and masonry

Research areas include: dynamic simulation, building controls, energy demand, carbon reduction, low carbon offices, intelligent controls, energy reduction in homes

Research areas include: building modelling, design, materials, structures and fire protection

Research areas include: resilience of the built environment, assisted living/ageing population, renewable energy for the domestic sector, low carbon design

Click here for an overview of their PhD projects.

Conducts leading research and development of tools and services that enable the creation, delivery and maintenance of a more sustainable built environment.

The BRE University Centres of Excellence currently support 110 PhD students, 39 full-time equivalent staff and 25 research associates, all carrying out cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of the built environment and how users interact with it.