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Issue 11, April 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of the bi-monthly e-newsletter from GreenBookLive, the unique reference source and online listing of environmental products and services.

Building of the Month

Hilton Worldwide’s European HQ

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. This reflects the company’s commitment to living sustainably and ensuring the wellbeing of its team members. Read more


Jobs growth in the solar sector

The BRE National Solar Centre has carried out a comprehensive survey of jobs in the solar sector in 2013, detailing both staffing numbers and site installation activities. Read more

Long-term performance testing of solar PV systems

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 01726 871830, email

Michaela Strachan presents the 2014 BREEAM Awards

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

BREEAM preferred by European real estate investors

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

New BIM certification schemes

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.

Green Book showcase at the BRE Innovation Park

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

EPD for Hanson’s concrete block

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.

BREEAM UK New construction 2014

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

New and improved SMARTWaste

A new SMARTWaste tool designed to provide improved functionality, more intuitive navigation and a better overall user experience, was launched on 17 March. Read more

Partners sought for built environment resilience centre

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

Stockholm unveils ambitious BREEAM In-Use commitment

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

Training & Events

SMARTWaste - the next generation

8 April

You are invited to a breakfast briefing to find out how the new improved SMARTWaste can help your business commercially, financially and environmentally. Read more

Site sustainability manager 

15-16 April
BRE Watford

Vital skills and understanding to help close the gap between sustainable design and in-operation performance. Read more

BREEAM In-Use auditor training 

24 April
Oslo, Norway

Course to enable suitably qualified and/or experienced persons to pass an examination and obtain a BREEAM In-Use auditor licence. Read more

Green Sky thinking week

28 April-2 May

A London-wide programme for built environment and property professionals profiling new thinking and best practice in how to 'design in' sustainability. Read more

Twenty years of Environmental Profiling

7 May
RAE, London

BRE and the Construction Products Association invite you to celebrate more than 20 years of helping the construction sector to lower its embodied impact, through environmental profiling to assess the environmental impacts of construction products. Read more

Greenbuild EXPO

7-8 May
Manchester Central

Join us on stand C15 at this sustainable building and refurbishment event, for updates on BREEAM, the BRE Academy and other products and services. Speakers include BRE’s Gavin Summerson, introducing the BREEAM Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014 scheme (book here). Read more


14-15 May

BRE is partnering with Construction21EXPO, a virtual tradeshow to help Europe's greenest projects (including BREEAM projects) and companies reach the 50+ countries of the European market. It is free to attend and low cost to exhibit - with a discount for Green Book News readers (code available from Read more

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) trade fair for retail investment

28-29 May
National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

The Retail Destination Initiative (ReDI) presents shopping centre projects in Poland and other CEE countries. BREEAM is fast developing in this region and its use in the shopping centre industry will be showcased at this event. Read more

The Eco Technology Show 2014

26-27 June

Among the speakers at this event is Andy Lewry of BRE, who will discuss Using energy management systems to improve energy efficiency. Read more

BREEAM training

For full details of events and training programmes on all aspects of the BREEAM schemes and built environment sustainability click here.

Recent publications

Selecting lighting controls

Lighting controls can give important energy savings and their reasonable provision is required by Building Regulations whenever lighting work is carried out in buildings that are not dwellings. In view of the forthcoming changes to Part L, BRE’s Paul Littlefair has updated Digest 498 Selecting lighting controls. Read more

Reducing thermal bridging at junctions when designing and installing solid wall insulation

This guide (ref FB 61) sets out clear principles and methods that should be considered and adopted during the design and installation of solid wall insulation in order to reduce thermal bridging effects. Read more

For More News

BRE: BREEAM Outstanding dragon centre to breathe life into Beijing Green Building Park. More

Building4Change: We must tackle climate change risks immediately say experts.  More

Technology4Change: Designing housing for a growing population. More

Red Book News: New LPCB manager for ASEAN region. More

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