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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Measurement & reporting tools

In April 2007 the Government's scheme, the Code for Sustainable Homes replaced EcoHomes for the assessment of ‘new’ housing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read more…

Environmental Profiles Methodology


The BRE Environmental Profiles Methodology is a standardised method of identifying and assessing the environmental effects associated with building materials over their life cycle - that is their extraction, processing, use and maintenance and their eventual disposal. Read more…

Envest 2

Measurement & reporting tools

Envest 2 is a BRE software tool that simplifies the otherwise very complex process of designing buildings with low environmental impact and whole life costs. Read more…

BREEAM New Construction: Offices

Measurement & reporting tools, Standards

BREEAM for office buildings is an environmental assessment method and certification scheme that can be used at the design, construction, and refurbishment stages of a building’s lifecycle. Read more…

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