Issue 6

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Building of the month: The 100,000th home

The 100,000th home to gain Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) certification through BRE Global was commemorated at the recent 2013 CSH Awards in London – see below. More

Celebrating sustainable housing achievement

High achievement in housing sustainability by CSH assessors, planners, architects, developers and others, was recognised at the BRE Global 2013 CSH Awards on 3 June (award winners listed below, right). ZEDfactory founder Bill Dunster, received a lifetime achievement award – see right. More

The future of sustainable housing: have your say

The Government is conducting a standards review that will affect the regulatory landscape for housing. Whatever the result of this, BRE believes that the UK housing sector will still need the sort of framework, benchmarks and guidance currently provided by Code for Sustainable Homes. For more information and to have your say click here

BRE Global approved products showcase at INSITE13

The major INSITE13 event in October this year will include an exhibition zone for innovative BRE Global approved products. You are invited to exhibit your products at INSITE13, but space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact Simon Guy, tel 01923 664305, email

Establishing UK companies in China

BRE and Chinese developer, Shanghai International Shipping Services Centre (SISSC), have signed an agreement on using BREEAM for New Construction and In-Use on a £4bn commercial development in Shanghai. They will also work to attract UK companies representing the best of British construction to establish a base in the city. More

More opportunities in China

Franshion Properties (China) Ltd, one of China’s leading state-owned developers, is working with BRE to give UK and other businesses the opportunity of showcasing their innovative sustainable technologies in a £20m flagship building in the new £6bn Meixi Lake eco-city. More

New BREEAM for assessing buildings worldwide

On 1st June BRE launched its updated standard for the overseas market - BREEAM International New Construction 2013. The standard combines two previous international standards, BREEAM Europe Commercial and BREEAM International Bespoke, and is the first BREEAM scheme for the certification of residential buildings outside the UK. More

Responsible sourcing standard update

The Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products standard, BES 6001 (Version 2) is being updated. A stakeholder meeting was held on 4 June to review the outcomes of an extensive consultation exercise (summarised here). The final draft of BES 6001 (version 3) will be disseminated shortly and a closing consultation meeting held at the end of the Autumn. More

New software simplifies EPCs and Green Deal assessments

New EPC software for existing dwellings has been formally launched as part of the Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) and Green Deal Advisor (GDA) software suite. Free to use for all BRE licensed DEAs and GDAs, the new EPC software will incorporate many features that they have been requesting. More

Join us in the Green Room at Housing 2013

This year’s Chartered Institute of Housing Annual Conference and Exhibition is being held on 25-27 June in Manchester. Join us in the Green Room for updates on BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment and BREEAM Communities. More

An Outstanding first for the Czech Republic

The first commercial building outside the UK to achieve BREEAM Outstanding has been awarded to The Tower at Spielberk in the Czech Republic’s emerging high-tech city of Brno. The building was designed by an award winning team of Dutch and Czech architects, Studio Acht. More

IMPACT life cycle and cost assessment software for BIM

IMPACT allows construction professionals to measure the embodied environmental impact and life cycle cost performance of buildings. It is integrated into 3D CAD/BIM (Building Information Modelling) software tools. New BREEAM credits are available for using IMPACT. More

£100 million BREEAM Communities scheme

Six major developments (five in the UK and one in Sweden) have now been certified under BREEAM Communities. The second to be certified, for example, was Derby’s £100 million Castleward redevelopment of 30 acres of brownfield land, which will become a brand new community of sustainable homes and businesses. More

Forthcoming events and training

BREEAM training

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

Passivhaus Introduction and Workshop

20 June at BRE Watford
Introductory course and workshop aimed at all those with an interest in low-energy design, construction and the Passivhaus standard. More

Green Deal Advisor (domestic) training for qualified Domestic Energy Assessors

20-21 June at BRE Watford
Two-day course plus online learning modules. More

Housing 2013

25-27 June in Manchester
Chartered Institute of Housing Annual Conference and Exhibition (see above). More

Code for Sustainable Homes assessor training

25-27 June at BRE Watford
Three-day course with an additional exam day one month after the training course. More

Display Energy Certificates for Public Buildings

1-7 July 2013
Qualification and experienced practitioner routes to accreditation – two-day course plus on-line assessment and distance learning programme. More

An introduction to sustainable refurbishment in housing

8 July 2013 at BRE Watford
Training on how to plan and execute successful, cost effective and sustainable housing refurbishment. More

Environmental assessment methods workshop: from buildings to communities

17 July at the University of Reading
Event for all those interested in the use of environmental assessment methods to achieve the economic, social and environmental gains of sustainable development. Includes talks from developers, planners, and academics on the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM. E-mail

Building for people – INSITE13

2-3 October at BRE Watford

Providing the buildings, environments and technologies that people and communities want and can use is the theme of INSITE13, with a particular focus on four key areas – Behavioural change, Communities, Impact of buildings on people/health, and Technology advancement. Register your interest now at

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The 100,000th BRE Global CSH certified home, built by St Edmunds Developments in Crookham Village, Hampshire.

Bill Dunster receiving a lifetime achievement award at the 2013 BRE Global CSH Awards

You are invited to exhibit your BRE Global approved products at INSITE13 - email

SISSC’s MD, Mr He, and BRE's Peter Bonfield sign an agreement that will help UK companies demonstrate expertise and products in China.

There are opportunities for UK businesses in China's new Meixi Lake eco-city

Join us in the Green Room at Housing 2013

The Tower at Spielberk is the first BREEAM Outstanding commercial building outside the UK

CSH Awards 2013
The BRE Global CSH Award 2013 winners are:

Local Planning Authority
London Tower of Hamlets

Housing association
Southern Housing Group

Developer of private homes
Fairview Homes

Michael Axtell

Assessor company
Richard Hodkinson Consultancy

Independent architectural practice
Stock Woolstencroft

Highest scoring CSH homes
Joint winners:
Victory Housing Trust
Leazes Homes

100 000th CSH home
St Edmunds Developments

Lifetime achievement
Bill Dunster

Information on the award winners is presented in the publication The Future of Sustainable Housing



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