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Healthcare

The BRE Group is owned by the BRE Trust, a charity dedicated to improving health and well-being outcomes from buildings. 

We are helping the NHS improve health outcome productivity from its built assets and through community models of care. Our knowledge, expertise, data, modelling, communication and tools are enabling the NHS and its supply chain to improve NHS sustainability and efficiency. This new sustainability is not just about reducing carbon but about improving the health and well-being of communities by creating healing and healthy environments, through resilience, flexibility, local sourcing and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Some of the things we are doing:

  • certifying outcomes, through BREEAM,  BIM and LPCB
  • delivering consultancy in areas such as fire engineering, ultralow energy lighting, fabric surveys, measurement
  • working with NHS supply chain providers looking at ways of standardising outcomes to deliver cost and sustainability benefits.
  • working with the Design In Mental Health Network (DIMHN) to create standards for products used in mental health care
  • BRECare, a tool to assess the quality of care homes
  • Developing a tailored healthcare BREEAM In-Use scheme, recently piloted at Bart’s and Great Ormond Street Hospitals
  • working with local authorities and NHS organisations to help them put together community energy projects
  • through the BRE Solar Centre, putting together specification for large-scale PVs which has the potential to significantly decarbonise the NHS
  • providing input to a number of community health schemes to optimise community and health outcomes
  • working with health and housing organisations on a number of fuel poverty schemes targeting better health though better homes
  • acting as the nominated training provider to the NHS sustainability campaign
  • providing “built environment” inputs to the consultation process for the recently published “Sustainable, Resilient Healthy People and Places” strategy by the SDU
  • monitoring internal environments (lighting, temperature humidity air quality) of healthcare buildings and identifying opportunities for improving health outcomes
  • developing a dedicated energy monitor for monitoring energy temperature humidity and air quality which is being trialled with the NHS
  • developed the  Firecode on behalf of the Department of Health (in Spring 2014)
  • undertaking design reviews and lighting surveys of healthcare buildings to reduce costs and improve health outcomes

BRE also has the Willmott Dixon healthcare campus on our Innovation Park, with this design has being rolled out resulting in the first BREEAM Outstanding building for healthcare.