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

Certified Thermal Details & Products Scheme

Certified Thermal Details & Products Scheme

The Certified Thermal Details and Products scheme and database allows users to search a wide range of accurate and independently assessed thermal junction details, products and elements, ensuring accuracy, consistency, credibility and quality throughout the design and specification process.

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Why have an Innovation Park?

The BRE Innovation Park Network has been established to inform sustainable development at a global level and stimulate innovation within the built environment.  With Parks established within the UK and China, and further facilities being developed in Brazil and Canada, the Innovation Park Network is unique in its approach, its global reach, and its impact.

What does it do?

The Innovation Parks feature full-scale demonstration buildings that have been developed by industry partners.  These buildings display innovative design, materials and technologies which combine to address the development challenges facing regions across the world.

What goes on?

Technology demonstration, research, testing training and dissemination are key activities which underpin the operation and development of the Innovation Park Network.  BRE works closely with a large number of partners from the academia, public and private sectors to shape out activities and ensure that these have a positive impact on the development community.

England
England
Scotland
Scotland
China
China

Vision & Strategy

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:

  1. Placing research at the core of our Innovation Parks - BRE will research all buildings, components and products demonstrated on its Innovation Parks
  2. Attracting a new group of global technology partners
  3. Ensuring associated research outcomes are disseminated effectively - the consistency and detail in the information presented will illustrate the value and benefit of the Park Network
  4. Demonstrating true sustainability in all activities
  5. Ensuring Governments, industry and supply chain partners recognise the value of the Innovation Park network - innovation is generated by the industry to meet regulatory demands, economic efficiencies and consumer preferences.
Innovation Parks Network
Innovation Parks Network

Assessing Innovation Park Building Performance

Assessing the performance of our Innovation Park buildings is a core element of our activities.  BRE has established a consistent methodology for assessing Innovation Park building performance, which uses dynamic simulation techniques to provide detailed information on various performance parameters.  Using this approach, BRE can predict operational performance of buildings across different geographical areas, under various occupancy profiles, and factors relating to orientation and site positioning.

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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

Sep
1

The importance of good indoor air quality Webinar

Price: £10.00 per person

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Sep
1

BIM Level 2 Fundamentals

This course has been developed by Professor Mervyn Richards, OBE, the author of the process known as BS1192:2007 and with Paul Shillcock co-author of PAS1192-2:2013; Mervyn and Paul are actively involved in supporting the UK Government in defining and adopting ‘BIM Level 2’.

Price: £785.00 per person

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Sep
5

YellowJacket General User Training

BRE Academy, Watford: 9am to 12.30pm

Mace, London: 1pm to 4.30pm

BRE YellowJacket Health and Safety Software - Manages quality, environmental, health and safety performance.

Price: £299.00 per person

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Sep
5

Certified European Passive House Designer Course

RIAS/RIBA/CIBSE/AECB/ CIAT/Passivhaus Trust members: £1,780.00

Price: £1930.00 per person

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Sep
6

BREEAM International New Construction Assessor Training Course

This new course will enable new entrants to become BREEAM International Assessors for the newly launched 2016 scheme.

Price: £1995.00 per person

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Sep
7

BREEAM Accredited Professional Training & Exam

£1175 + VAT per person

On-line Learning and 1 day Workshop/Examination.

After successfully completing this training course and examination, delegates will become qualified BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP). As a BREEAM AP delegates will be able to support project teams to deliver their sustainability goals and influence how a development will meet BREEAM targets.


Price: £1175.00 per person

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Visit our BRE Innovation Parks to see emerging and innovative approaches to sustainable, low-carbon design and construction.