The industry faces many global challenges, whether it's making our buildings more energy efficient and resilient to climate change, or become more efficient in the construction of low-carbon homes.
BRE Innovation Parks feature some of the world’s most sustainable buildings and landscapes plus hundreds of low carbon products, materials and technologies. The role of the Innovation Parks is to inform the industry and policy makers on the viability of construction innovations that can deliver improved performance and true sustainability within the built environment.
Our aim is to push forward the boundaries of knowledge and practice by testing and showcasing innovations. We want to help educate stakeholders, form collaborations and drive change across the built environment.
Our vision for the BRE Innovation Parks is to establish a unique and unparalleled research and demonstration network, which inspires and develops innovative solutions that will inform the development of the global built environment. This network will work with stakeholders to identify and support innovations which demonstrate true sustainability and deliver social, economic and environmental benefits at the national and international levels.
BRE aims to develop a community of international Parks with careful planning, co-ordination and clarity. This will be achieved by focusing on five key principles:
BRE will develop a research programme in partnership with BRE Trust and our University Centres of Excellence, and will seek collaborations with innovative research and demonstration projects outwith our existing network. We will work collaboratively across our business to ensure every area of our company values, recognises and engages with the Innovation Park Network.
As well as the construction method of the houses themselves there are a number of products on each of the buildings and around the Park that contribute to the holistic approach to sustainable homes and communities. While BRE always promotes a "Fabric First" approach to construction, choosing the best materials for the construction, it is then necessary to select the optimal system for heating and hot water, and then choose what renewables can complement the building to achieve low to zero carbon emissions. In addition, ventilation, lighting, daylighting and appliance use can all impact on the performance of the building, and the embodied energy of potable water should not be underestimated.
CoolZone ceiling tiles incorporate BASF Micronal phase change material (PCM) into Armstrong’s plain metal ceiling tiles. The phase change material encased in the cassette stores and releases large amounts of energy, reducing cooling costs and maintaining a comfortable temperature within a building.View Product
Over the past few years Megaman have established themselves as a leading manufacturer of low energy light bulbs. Megaman UK is the exclusive distributor in the UK for LightwaveRF - a range of intelligent dimmers, radiator valves, sockets and sensors that make homes a little bit smarterView Product
BREEAM Communities 2012 is targeted at neighbourhood scale developments. It aims to help the design teams, developers and planners to improve, measure and independently certify the sustainability of a large scale development at the design and planning stage. The scheme influences sustainability at the early stages of project development through community engagement, site strategy and implementation in design. This can lead into BREEAM assessments of buildings and homes.
Price: £75.00 per person
This free webinar will provide you with an overview of the QSAND tool, its benefits for short and long term sustainability and its application on shelter and settlement reconstruction programmes.
Price: £FREE per person
BREEAM Communities 2012 is targeted at neighbourhood scale developments. It aims to help the design team, developers and planners to improve, measure and independently certify the sustainability of a large scale development at the design and planning stage. The scheme influences sustainability at the early stages of project development through community engagement, site strategy and implementation in design. This can lead into BREEAM assessments of buildings and homes.
Price: £1475.00 per person
A one day training course, which will give you an overview of BREEAM.
Price: £250.00 per person
£595 + VAT per person
The Site Sustainability Manager (SSM) initiative provides a mechanism to encourage construction sites to be managed in a sustainable way, and also to address the performance gap between sustainable design and the completed building.
Price: £595.00 per person
Price: £FREE per person
Visit our BRE Innovation Parks to see emerging and innovative approaches to sustainable, low-carbon design and construction.