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July 2016 BRE Trust reports on latest built environment research

BRE Trust has published its annual review of some of the latest built environment research. Available online, the report outlines research projects and activities across areas ranging from infrastructure sustainability and resilience to occupant welleing and energy.


The BRE Trust Review includes summaries of completed projects and their results including the three-year Future Cities research programme, which was delivered in collaboration with over 70 partner organisations and had a total project value of over £30 million. 'With the global population and urban migration continuing to rise, this important programme was created to explore critical future cities issues and the complex challenges involved in 21st century urban development.' said BRE Group research director Dr Deborah Pullen. 'The programme has delivered tangible tools, guidance and standards, all of which will be of benefit to diverse stakeholders across the built environment. We will also be using the outputs to inform further research in this area.'

The review also addresses active projects including the Resilient Built Environment themed research programme, which began in April 2015. During the year, five research projects focusing on climate resilience were launched, with flooding, wind and overheating the priority areas. The programme has also developed to include research into community resilience, incorporating themes such as cyber security for smart homes and how to increase uptake of climate and flood resilience measures by building owners.


New strategic research partnerships with Loughborough University, University of Hertfordshire and University College London feature in the report as well. This includes funding by BRE Trust for applied research in high performance buildings, sustainable construction, and resilient buildings and communities at Loughborough University's Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design.

The new strategic partnerships expand on the research and education activities at the five existing BRE Trust University Centres of Excellence – in Bath, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Strathclyde and Brasilia - which continue to carry out outstanding research. With 102 PhDs funded, the portfolio of active and completed research now topping £60 million and over 600 papers and conference proceedings published, the review highlights projects and their outcomes across all eight of its university partners.


The report also outlines recent publications spanning a wide range of research, knowledge and guidance for sustainability, fire and security, energy, health, materials and future cities. One of the current bestsellers is the Lighting and Health report which reviews existing research on the health effects of lighting (including daylighting) typically found in buildings, offering expert guidance for lighting designers, and building occupiers and their managers. Equally, it details how the Trust is working to produce new and engaging dissemination formats to enable easier and more widespread uptake and learning.

To download a copy of the report click here


June 2015 BRE Trust publishes latest research findings online

A report detailing some of the UK’s latest built environment research, ranging from the effects of lighting on human health to reducing waste in infrastructure projects, is now freely available.

The latest annual BRE Trust Review summarises recently completed projects funded through the BRE Trust’s research programme in the areas of sustainability, fire, energy, health and materials. In addition, a wide range of recent publications presenting some of the latest research, knowledge and guidance on these issues is summarised.

The Review also reports on developments in the Trust’s two themed research programmes on future cities and building resilience. Launched in April 2012 with over 70 public and private partners, the collective value of projects in the BRE Trust Future Cities research programme is more than £30m. The research involves 16 universities and 14 cities in the UK, the European Union and Brazil.

The Resilience of the Built Environment programme began work more recently in April 2015. “Resilience of the built environment has been identified as one of the main priorities of governments around the world,” says BRE Group Research Director, Dr Deborah Pullen. “They are responding to the increasing risks presented by extreme weather, natural and man-made disasters, terrorism and cyber-crime, a burgeoning global population and increased urbanisation.”

The Trust will provide £1m of funding for the two-year programme of resilience research, to underpin an effective partnership linking BRE, government, academia and industry. Plans to attract other significant funding will create one of the largest single initiatives for improving the resilience of the UK’s built environment.

Finally, the Review includes an update on the built environment research and education activities at the five BRE Trust supported University Centres of Excellence. There have been a total 170 PhD studentships, 100 staff and a portfolio of more than £60m of research completed or underway since the launch of the Centres of Excellence in 2006. They are situated at four UK universities in Bath, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Strathclyde, and one in Brasilia.

The BRE Trust Review 2014 can be downloaded here.


August 2013 BRE Trust invests £2.7 million in knowledge, research and built environment innovation.

Chairman of the BRE Trust, Sir Neville Simms, has emphasised the ‘critical importance’ of providing continued support for knowledge, research and innovation in a challenging, changing built environment. Speaking at the BRE Trust’s Annual General Meeting earlier today, Sir Neville commended the Trust on achieving its key objectives for the 2012/13 financial year, despite the ongoing economic challenges faced by the construction sector.

BRE Trust funding for built environment education projects exceeded £2.7 million over the past year. Forming a fundamental part of its mission to drive change and advance knowledge, innovation and communication for public benefit, the Trust’s seminal research and publications programmes continue to go from strength to strength. Read full story...

30/07/12: BRE Trust research funding tops £3 million

At the BRE Trust AGM on 30 July 2012, Sir Neville Simms announced that the net profit of the BRE Group – comprising BRE, BRE Global and FBE Management – increased to £4.58 million in 2011/12. This was based on a turnover of £48.9 million. The Trust’s spending on built environment research and education projects rose to more than £3.17 million, compared with £2.93 million in 2010/11. Read more

09/05/12: New BRE Trust-funded report explores continuing health and societal impacts of inefficient homes

There is proportionately less poor housing in Northern Ireland than in England or Wales, according to a new report published by IHS BRE Press. The cost of poor housing in Northern Ireland (FB45) summarises the results of a research project commissioned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the BRE Trust. Read more

22/03/12: BRE Trust marks 10th anniversary with new research programme

The BRE Trust celebrates its tenth anniversary with the launch of a new thematic research programme called Future Cities. The programme will explore the challenges faced by the global built environment as more people migrate to cities. Read more