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Issue 12, June 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.


BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 is live

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

Responsible sourcing - BES 6001 Issue 3 now available

BRE Global has published Issue 3 of its Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing (BES 6001). The document is now available here on Green Book Live along with the application form and fee details. Read more

QSAND promotes sustainable reconstruction following natural disasters

A new self-assessment tool will help humanitarian agencies to adopt more sustainable reconstruction practices following a natural disaster. Read more

BRE Global to operate Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) scheme

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

Solar PV investigation and fault finding service

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

Free guidance on sustainable retrofit of existing housing through BREEAM

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

Turning solar farms into biodiversity hotspots

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

New overview of BREEAM In-Use published

A 12-page, online briefing paper giving an illustrated and comprehensive overview of the BREEAM In-Use scheme has recently been published and is now available here.

London hospitals pilot BREEAM In-Use

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

BREEAM Communities helps a redevelopment scheme in Belgium

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

Training & Events

BREEAM In-Use auditor training 

23 June
Brussels, Belgium

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

Housing 2014 

24-26 June
Manchester Central

BRE is at stand F36 at the CIH Housing 2014 conference and exhibition, and will be launching two new housing retrofit guidance publications. Read more

BREEAM International New Construction 2013 assessor training course  

24-26 June
BRE Watford

Become a fully qualified BREEAM International assessors and new member of the BREEAM family. Read more

Making BIM work for Construction Product Manufacturers

15 July
The Building Centre, London

The event will look at the requirements for construction product manufactures in relation to BIM libraries, data formats and classification. Read more

Site sustainability manager

15-16 July
BRE Watford

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

Environmental impact of biomaterials and biomass

This report (FB 67) reviews how biomaterials and biomass have been assessed in The Green Guide to Specification, including the application of the Environmental Profiles methodology, which underlies data. Read more

Environmental impact of windows

This report (FB 66) reviews how window units and frames have been assessed in The Green Guide to Specification. The way in which windows are addressed in building-level environmental assessment schemes such as BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes is also explained. Read more

For More News

BRE: BRE and Chinese city of Shenzhen agree collaboration. More

Building4Change: Training centre brings decarbonisation needs of industry and society closer to research. More

Technology4Change: Brightening windowless rooms with LED sunlight. More

Red Book News: Celebrating 40 years of Fire Safety Engineering. More

Training courses: for details of training offered by the BRE Group click here

BRE Bookshop: for full details of a vast range of construction and built environment publications visit

For details of the latest BRE Group and BREEAM training courses click here.

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