BRE helps government, industry and business to meet the challenges of our built environment. Today’s need to combat climate change, and
the significant economic and social issues we now face, are no exceptions.
BRE is an independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise
in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries. BRE helps clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses - and it supports the innovation needed to achieve this.
As well as its Watford Headquarters, it operates from regional offices in Scotland and Wales to provide services that include:consultancy, research, testing, innovation, training and events.
BRE is owned by a charity, the BRE Trust, and has a global impact. For example, its sustainable building standard, BREEAM, operates in over 60 countries.
BRE’s Resource Efficiency team has been focused on improving the use of resources in the construction sector for over 20 years. This includes waste reduction, recycling, reuse, monitoring and benchmarking. Other aspects include pre- demolition audits, design for deconstruction assessment, whole life costing & life cycle assessment, and performance of recycled materials and products.
BRE’s SMARTWaste system provides environmental reporting for around 200 client and contractor members. The centralised database produces benchmarks that are used to set targets for improvement by members and are embedded into the BREEAM waste minimisation credits.
BRE is at the forefront of the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the UK. This allows performance data to be overlaid onto a 3D model of a building, for example operational energy in use. As part of an EU consortia, BRE has aspirations to radically shift the knowledge base of circular economy in practice in the built environment, using BIM as the vehicle to help decision making and track products/ materials through use cycles to facilitate greater reuse and remanufacturing.
This builds upon the work of BRE’s Resource Efficiency team, especially in the areas of designing for deconstruction and reuse. It also has the opportunity to highlight the business potential to develop new business models to construction product suppliers where the value of components are enhanced over time, rather than diminished.