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BREEAM Projects, a one-stop shop for assessing and certifying building projects against BREEAM, has been released in Beta. Your feedback welcome. Read more
A new research report, Delivering sustainable buildings: Savings and payback (FB 63), presents the actual costs and payback of a range of sustainable building strategies in BREEAM assessed buildings. Read more
After two years of extensive industry consultation, development and piloting, the draft 2014 version of the BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-Out scheme has now been published. The closing date for comments is 29 August. Read more
BRE has consulted with house builders on developing a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes.All those involved in delivering housing, as well as consumers, were invited to have their say on what the standard should include. Read more
Software consultancy eTool is integrating BRE’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) database IMPACT into its web-based building LCA app eToolLCD, enabling users to assess the embodied carbon and other impacts of their building. Read more
The new BREEAM UK New Construction scheme became live for registration on 27 May. This update follows the most extensive consultation ever carried out for a BREEAM scheme. Read more
BRE Global has just published Issue 3 of its Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing. The document is now available here on Green Book Live along with the application form and fee details. Read more
A new self-assessment tool will help humanitarian agencies to adopt more sustainable reconstruction practices following a natural disaster. Read more
BRE Global has gained EU funding to operate an ETV scheme for energy technologies, and materials, waste and resources technologies – and will shortly be able to offer financial support to applicant SMEs. Read more
The BRE National Solar Centre offers a solar PV investigation and fault finding service. Issues with panels, mounting systems, components and performance are very rare, but when they do occur can risk financial and carbon reduction investments, as well as safety and well-being. Read more
The BRE Trust will launch two retrofit guidance publications at the CIH Housing 2014 Conference and Exhibition on 24 June 2014. They are essential reading for those in the housing retrofit market. Read more
Expert guidance on developing habitats that support indigenous plant and animal life on unused areas of solar farms was launched at Kew Gardens by the BRE National Solar Centre on 28 April. Read more
St Bart’s and Great Ormond Street Hospitals have recently piloted the BREEAM In-Use methodology on their buildings, demonstrating their commitment to healthier patient and staff environments, lower running costs, and sustainable buildings and management practices. Read more
Belgian developer SDM (Sustainable Development Mechelen N.V.) have announced that they are applying BREEAM Communities for the smart, sustainable redevelopment of a phase of the Ragheno Park site in Mechelen, Belgium. Read more
Opening later this year at the Eden project in Cornwall, the BRE National Solar Centre’s new test site aims to increase confidence in the UK PV industry by providing definitive performance data. For more information call 01729 871830, email email@example.com
A survey by DLA Piper of more than 100 real estate investors across Europe has shown that a huge majority are in favour of certification schemes that recognise building sustainability – and almost two-thirds say their preferred scheme is BREEAM. Read more
BRE Global is developing BIM certification schemes for individual practitioners and for businesses using BIM. The aim is to help them to deliver the highest level of service to clients. Click here for information and here to be updated on the development of the schemes.
Over the next few months, the Hanson EcoHouse and Barratt Green House on the BRE Innovation Park in Watford will be dedicated to showcasing green technologies from the Green Book (along with Red Book products). Email Nick Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Building materials supplier Hanson UK, has had its Thermalite Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Block verified under BRE Gobal’s EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) scheme Read more. Presentations from BRE’s successful EN15804 awareness event on 27 February can be accessed by clicking here.
Following an extensive consultation and development process, the final version of the BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 technical manual is due for publication on 27 May 2014. Information on the revision process is given here.
At its Britain Under Water conference on 20 March, BRE outlined plans for creating a Centre for Resilience for the built environment in partnership with government, the construction indistry and the insurance sector. Read more
The city of Stockholm is unveiling ambitious plans to increase its use of BREEAM In-Use to help manage and improve the sustainability performance of its buildings. Read more
Maple Court in Watford, the European headquarters of hotel giant Hilton Worldwide, has been awarded certification against all 3 parts of BREEAM In-Use: asset performance, occupier management and building management. Read more
The 2014 BREEAM Awards were presented by TV presenter Michaela Strachan at a gala event during Ecobuild on 4 March. The winning buildings were selected from shortlists by an eminent industry panel, with one award chosen by public vote. Read more
Using MCS certificated pitched roof mounting kits will be mandatory for MCS PV and solar thermal installations on pitched roofs from 31 March 2014. BRE Global is accredited for certifying products to MCS 012 – call 0333 321 88 11or e-mail email@example.com
This year brings changes to SMARTWaste with the current free SMARTWaste Plan stopping on the 16 March 2014. Current users are being offered an exclusive deal to join the SMARTWaste membership scheme and continue to make full use of the scheme. Read more …
Manufactuers and installers of innovative products and systems are being invited to participate in research into the effective and economic retrofitting of insulation in 1950s solid wall concrete homes. Read more and complete PQQ.
The Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) is showcasing the best retrofit products and projects as part of its Festival of Retrofit, which runs from February until April. Read more
The Qatar Green Building Council (GBC) is the latest organisation to join ISA, the global networking organisation dedicated to improving the sustainability of real estate through benchmarking. Read more
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