Innovation

Innovation

Our aim is to push forward the boundaries of knowledge and practice by testing and showcasing innovations.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Our parks feature some of the world's most sustainable buildings and landscapes plus hundreds of low carbon products, materials and technologies

BRE Innovation Parks aim to push forward the boundaries of knowledge & practice by testing and showcasing innovations

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.

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.

England
England
Scotland
Scotland
China
China

A test-bed for innovative ideas and products

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.

Ensto Chago electric vehicle charging station

Ensto Chago electric vehicle charging station

A solution for charging electric vehicles that is suited to different urban environments, the Ensto Chago station includes user identification and data linked to external information systems over a GPRS connection.

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Photovoltaic Solar Glass

Photovoltaic Solar Glass

This PV sheeting is installed on the balcony roof. This material produces electricity for use in the home. The transparent material provides shelter whilst allowing UV light to filter through, enabling plants to be grown on the balcony.

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CoolZone Ceilings

CoolZone Ceilings

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.

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Megaman and LightwaveRF

Megaman and LightwaveRF

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 smarter

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IN'FLECTOR Window insulator

IN'FLECTOR Window insulator

Originally developed by NASA, this insulation material has been adapted for use as window blinds to control heat in different seasons.

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Micronal ®

Micronal ®

Used in the Victorian Terrace, this Phase Change Material technology uses wax to absorb heat and prevent overheating, which will affect highly insulated buildings in the future.

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Isover Room-in-a-Roof Solution

Isover Room-in-a-Roof Solution

Used in the Victorian Terrace, this system provides high levels of thermal, airtightness and moisture management for converted lofts.

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AM Profiles - Design-5 Windows

AM Profiles - Design-5 Windows

Used in the Victorian Terrace, these triple-glazed windows have the highest available performance for energy efficient windows.

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Pilkington Spacia Glazing

Pilkington Spacia Glazing

This vacuum-based glazed technology, enables double glazing to be retrofitted into existing sash windows, such as those used in traditional buildings such as the Victorian Terrace.

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Aspen Aerogel

Aspen Aerogel

Aerogel insulation, a silicon-based material made up of 95% air, has been used in the Victorian Terrace to achieve a high thermal performance at a fraction of the space of other insulation materials.

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Smartroof

Smartroof

Smartroof, used for Barratt Green House, is a complete structural insulated roof panel system, enabling a whole roof to be erected in less than three hours and provide an instant room-in-a-roof space.

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Weber.Therm XP

Weber.Therm XP

The weber.therm XP used for the Barratt Green House and the Victorian Terrace, is an external wall insulation (EWI) system that uses specially designed mineral one-coat renders.

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Hawa Front-Slide Window Shutters

Hawa Front-Slide Window Shutters

The distinctive window shutters used in the Barratt Green House optimise solar gain, control overheating and prevent glare, while offering potential insulation benefits.

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Vortice Eco 3 RF Heat Recovery Unit

Vortice Eco 3 RF Heat Recovery Unit

The Vortice whole house Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) system is used in the Barratt Green House to lower heating requirements, while offering a constant supply of fresh air.

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Upcoming Events

Jul
1

BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 Existing Assessor top up exam - Scotland

A half day examination session for existing BREEAM Non Domestic assessors who wish to add additional standard BREEAM schemes to their qualification.

Price: £495.00 per person

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Jul
6

Property Flood Resilience Database Project (PFR-d) Dissemination Event

To book a different location/venue just click on the alternative dates below.

The Property Flood Resilience Database (PFR-d) has been created to gather information on property level flood resilience, and present this in a way that it can be easily integrated with the systems that insurers use to price policies. This will enable underwriters to understand the improved resilience of properties, against the flood risk, when considering property insurance policies. These dissemination events will present the PFR-d, how it works, and the benefits it can bring to householders, local authorities, government and insurers. 

Price: £FREE per person

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Jul
6

BREEAM UK Non-domestic Refurbishment and Fit-out 2014 (RFO 2014)

New Full Training course for the RFO 2014 scheme

Price: £1995.00 per person

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Jul
7

Innovation Park Guided Tours

Price: £25.00 per person

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Jul
7

BREEAM Communities 2012 Training Course (Module 1 only)

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

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Jul
7

Building Services Retrofit

The Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) is pleased to announce new dates and venues for its award winning Retrofit Coordinator Diploma.

Price: £200.00 per person

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