Building Research Establishment (BRE)

Expert, impartial research, knowledge and advice for the built environment sector and beyond.

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. We help clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses - and we support the innovation needed to achieve this.

As well as our Watford Headquarters, we operate from regional offices in Scotland and Wales


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An Introduction to BREEAM Communities

Guidance and industry reports

This short document provides a brief introduction to the BREEAM Communities scheme, a sustainability framework used during the masterplanning phase to measure, improve and certify the social, economic and environmental sustainability of large scale developments. Read more…

The benefits of BREEAM Communities

Case studies, Presentations, webinars, videos

This short video was produced following an event hosted alongside WSP to highlight the benefits and experiences of using BREEAM Communities. It provides useful insights from both planners and developers who have used the BREEAM Communities framework. Read more…

The Case For BREEAM Communities

Case studies

This short fact sheet highlights feedback that has been received from those who have used the BREEAM Communities scheme to date. This document is free to download from the BREEAM Communities Webpage Read more…

The Case for BREEAM Communities

Guidance and industry reports

BREEAM Communities is a way to improve, measure and certify the
social, environmental and economic sustainability of the plans for large-scale developments by integrating sustainable design into the masterplanning process. Read more…

BREEAM New Construction: Retail, Case Study: Waitrose, Bracknell

Case studies

This new Waitrose Supermarket is part of the regeneration of Bracknell town centre in Berkshire. It is Waitrose’s policy that all of their new... Read more…

BREEAM Communities

Measurement & reporting tools, Standards

BREEAM Communities is an assessment method and standard that helps professionals design places that people want to live and work in, are good for the environment and are economically successful. Read more…

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