The Building Research Establishment (BRE) was established in 1921. Since then it has been engaged in world leading research into virtually every aspect of the built environment.
Originally established as the Building Research Station (BRS), it was tasked by the then government to develop improved building methods and materials to produce the high quality homes desperately needed across the UK. Some of the earliest successes of the BRS were studies into the behaviour of reinforced concrete in floors and the development of the British Standard for bricks.
Over the years this work continued, expanded and developed. Research was undertaken into fire safety and also into the effect of climate variations across the UK. Like most similar government departments it became an Executive Agency in the early 1990’s before being privatised in 1997.
Today the Building Research Establishment, BRE, exists for the public benefit. The profits from BRE Group businesses are gift-aided to the BRE Trust, who in turn invest in research projects for the public benefit, carried out by the BRE Group, other research partners and by a number of Universities across the UK where the Trust funds PhD studentships. More details are available on the BRE Trust Website.
- Dr Julie Bregulla, BRE’s Technical Director, elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering 22 September 2020The post Dr Julie Bregulla, BRE’s Technical Director, elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering appeared first on BRE Group .
- BRE proud to have played major role in new English Housing Survey 2018-19 reports 11 August 2020BRE is proud to have played a major role in the development of the new English Housing Survey 2018-2019 reports. The English Housing Survey is a continuous national survey commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). It collects information about people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing […]
- BRE China celebrates two major milestones 29 July 2020BRE China has achieved two major building sustainability milestones in collaboration with the Chinese authorities. These include the successful completion of a crosswalk between BREEAM and Three Star, the Chinese assessment standard for green buildings, and an agreement with the Chinese Academy of Building Research (CABR) to collaborate on the research and application of green […]
- BRE welcomes the introduction of the Construction Innovation Hub’s new Value Toolkit 16 July 2020As members of the Construction Innovation Hub, BRE is delighted to support the roll-out of its new industry ‘Value Toolkit’ which will lay the groundwork for a transformation in the way decisions are made across the sector. Designed to deliver more sustainable outcomes, the Toolkit will comprise a group of four new measures to ensure […]