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published: 11/5/2006
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'BRE Universities Partnership' Centre for Energy Utilisation

The University of Strathclyde and the BRE Trust have established a new Centre of Excellence in Energy Utilisation.

Based at the University, this joint venture will be a highly dynamic research centre, developing programmes that focus on the interface between energy demand and supply. The centre will focus on developing an integral approach to building performance modelling.

The Centre will include a new University Chair, jointly funded by the BRE Trust and the University of Strathclyde.  The role has been advertised and will be known as the BRE Trust Research Chair in Energy Utilisation, with Board members of the new centre drawn from BRE and the University's Institute for Energy and Environment.

The initiative will result in a new direction for energy research, give rise to cross-discipline consultancy opportunities, and foster innovative training programmes at all levels.

'The motivation behind BRE and BRE Trust partnering with universities to create Centres of Excellence is to develop new research capabilities, which are key to future developments in the built environment. The Partnership involves the setting up of a number of Centres of Excellence, based at some of the leading UK universities.

The venture will complement resources and skills and address key areas of research needed.  BRE will then be able to undertake the knowledge transfer effectively through its commercial sector-based networks. The Partnership will operate as a more effective route for research and the transfer of knowledge to industry and the market place' says BRE Chief Scientist Professor Farshad Alamdari.

Close partnerships between academic and research institutes are quite common in some other countries, but much less so in the UK.  The Centre of Excellence in Energy Utilisation is one of a number of current collaborations between BRE and universities.

For more information or to apply for the new Chair, please contact - Professor Farshad Alamdari, tel 01923 664947, Email alamdarif@bre.co.uk or Professor Joe Clarke, tel 0141 548 3986, Email joe@esru.strath.ac.uk

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BRE is the UK's leading centre of expertise for construction, the built environment, energy, fire, security and many associated issues. It provides research, consultancy, information and testing services to customers worldwide. 

BRE is owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity (no. 1092193) with a mission to champion excellence and innovation in the built environment for the benefit of all.  www.bretrust.org.uk

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