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About the BRE Centre for Resilience

What is the BRE Centre for Resilience?

Climate change can have significant implications for the built environment, with increasing risk and impacts for buildings, energy, transport, ICT and infrastructure. Analysis from the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment indicates that the built environment will be increasingly affected by extreme weather events, and that incidence and severity of flooding will increase in addition to higher temperatures and changing rainfall patterns.

BRE has led and supported industry in the measurement, reduction and mitigation of the impacts of climate change with research and development in this area of the built environment for many years, and in 2014 launched the BRE Centre for Resilience.

The BRE Centre for Resilience mission is:

‘to provide a place for the sector to research, learn, develop new standards and create the next generation of resilient materials, products, designs and innovations that will ensure the robustness and longevity of our built infrastructure.’

The BRE Centre for Resilience supports the wider aim of the BRE Group to build a better world, protecting people, and creating better, safer places. We do this through:

  • Conducting research in resilience across the built environment

  • Trialling and testing innovations for people, products and places

  • Communication and dissemination knowledge and lessons learned

  • Developing new training and accreditation programmes to upskill the sector

  • Creating new standards for design, planning and products and enabling their implementation

Since its inception, the BRE Centre for Resilience has worked to identify the critical issues that need to be addressed as we develop and improve the homes, buildings and structures that underpin our lives into the future. While research and learning is still a key focus, the BRE Centre for Resilience now looks to upskill the industry, develop new standards and create the next generation of resilient materials, products, designs and innovations that will ensure the robustness and longevity of our built infrastructure.