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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
This course will enable new entrants to become BREEAM International Assessors for the newly launched 2016 scheme.
Price: £1995.00 per person
Concern over fire door defects prompts new inspection training course
A recent report by BRE for a local authority said that, "It was not possible to conclude that the fire doors would meet the required 30-minute fire resistance, due to a high level of defects"
Price: £345.00 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
Price: £10.00 per person
for Scotland's homes, building and infrastructure
Price: £FREE per person
Online Learning and 1 day Workshop/Examination.
Price: £1175.00 per person
Visit our BRE Innovation Parks to see emerging and innovative approaches to sustainable, low-carbon design and construction.