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
Price: £895.00 per person
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: £FREE per person
Price: £350.00 per person
Assessing sustainability for buildings in the renovation sector
A top up training course for licensed BREEAM UK new construction assessors to become approved for the UK Non-domestic refurbishment and fit-out scheme
PLEASE NOTE: delegates will be required to undertake up to 30 hours of structured online learning before attending the exam.
Price: £495.00 per person
Online Learning and 1 day Workshop/Examination.
Price: £1175.00 per person
Online training (up to 10 hours) and 1 day classroom training
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
Visit our BRE Innovation Parks to see emerging and innovative approaches to sustainable, low-carbon design and construction.