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The Building Research Establishment is a former UK government establishment that carries out research, consultancy and testing for the construction and built environment sectors in the United Kingdom. The BRE is headquartered in Watford with regional sites in Glasgow and Swansea.Among the BRE's areas of interest are participation in the preparation of national and international standards and building codes, including the UK Building Regulations. The organisation is now funded by income from its commercial programmes, the BRE bookshop, contracted work, and by bidding for research funding from government and the industries it serves. It also has UKAS Accredited Testing Laboratories. Wikipedia.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: Energy | Award Amount: 3.00M | Year: 2015

The Concerted Action EPBD IV, supporting transposition and implementation of Directive 2010/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings, is an activity which aims to foster exchange of information and experience among Member States and participating countries with regards to the implementation of the specific Community legislation and policy on the energy performance of buildings. It involves the national authorities implementing the Directive, or those bodies appointed and entrusted by them to do so. It is carried out under the coordination of Danish Energy Agency, DEA. The CA consortium is composed of organisations designated by all 28 Member States plus Norway. The CA is financed by the EUs Horizon 2020 Programme. The CA is the continuation of the first Concerted Action, CA EPBD, which ran from January 2005 to June 2007, then continued as the CA EPBD II from December 2007 until November 2010 and then CA EPBD III from March 2011 to October 2015. The CA IV will organise 4 CA Plenary meetings and some supporting activities over a period 30 months or approximately one meeting every 7-8 months, similar to the CA III. The work will be organised in Central Teams, which includes: a) 3 Core Teams on New Buildings, Existing Buildings and Certification & Quality of Inspection; b) 3 Cross-Cutting teams on Technical Elements, Policy & Implementation and Compliance, Capacity & Impact; c) 2 central functions on Collaboration with other actors and Internal & External Communication; and some additional functions and supporting measures. For each Central Team, issues are addressed on which the Directive does not require harmonised national implementation but where coordinated implementation would increase the impact of the Directive and reduce the implementing costs.


Concrete is the most widely used man-made material on Earth, with an annual consumption of around 10 billion m. However, its fabrication is characterized by total CO2 emissions amounting to around 5% of the worldwide anthropogenic GHG emissions. More sustainable cements with lower embodied energy and CO2 footprint are needed. As stated in the European Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings (COM 2010/31/EU), the development of better performing insulation materials and lightweight systems for building envelopes is crucial, playing a significant role in the reduction of buildings operational energy while complying with the load bearing features of existing building structures. The ECO-binder project aims to implement industrial R&D activities on the results of previous research, demonstrating the possibility of replacing Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and OPC based concrete products with new ones based on the new Belite-Yeelimite-Ferrite (BYF) class of low-CO2 binders to develop a new generation of concrete-based construction materials and prefabricated building envelope components with more than 30% lower embodied energy, 20% improved insulation properties and 15% lower cost than the actual solutions based on Portland cement. The new building envelope solutions will integrate multiple functions in a single product package, providing the higher performances in terms of acoustic insulation/absorption, fire resistance, dimensional stability, indoor air quality optimization, at an affordable cost. Demonstration of full-scale retrofitting and construction will be performed prototyping and installing a family of prefabricated concrete systems of different complexity and end-use in four different climatic conditions involving public authorities.. Results will be validated through dedicated LCAs, fostering the construction materials sector progress towards increased performing and eco-sustainable products.


Karade S.R.,Building Research Establishment
Construction and Building Materials | Year: 2010

A large quantity of lignocellulosic wastes is generated worldwide from various sources such as agriculture, construction, wood and furniture industries leading to environmental concerns. Use of these wastes in making cement-bonded construction materials can reduce the magnitude of the problems. However, in this effort there are various restraints like compatibility of these wastes with cement, their toxicity, and limited composite strength. This paper reviews the results of recent research into the use of these wastes in making cement-bonded composites used as building materials. The approaches like pre-treatments, use of chemical admixtures and modified manufacturing process, adopted to overcome the aforementioned drawbacks are described. The benefits and limitations of the use of such materials in building are also discussed. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Jain N.,Building Research Establishment
Construction and Building Materials | Year: 2012

The effects of nonpozzolanic (marble dust) and pozzolanic (rice husk ash) mineral admixtures on the hydration behavior and mechanical properties of ordinary Portland cement (OPC) have been investigated. The blending of both marble dust (20-60%) and rice husk ash (10-30%) in OPC accelerate the setting as compared to control (OPC). Marble dust addition decreases the strength of OPC and the maximum strength of 54.5 MPa has been achieved on 28 days of curing with 20% of marble dust (CM20). Addition of rice husk ash increases the strength and maximum strength of 65.9 MPa has been observed with 20% of RHA (CR20) blended cement. The formation of various crystalline phases and their effects on hydration behavior of mineral admixtures blended cement were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The changes in microstructure of the hydrated samples were also studied using scanning electron microscope (SEM). © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 246.00K | Year: 2015

Recent flooding has laid bare the vulnerability of urban areas and buildings. In the winter of 2013/14 there was an insured loss of over £1bn, with much more being spent by local authorities and government to recover and repair urban areas. The result is that property owners have found affordable insurance difficult to find, if they can be insured at all. In response BRE, AXA and Lexis Nexis have developed a pilot property flood resilience database (PFR-d) that provides a dataset for insurers to assess the impact of measure taken by property owners to address their flood risk. In the Urban Floods Resilience project the same team in association with Liverpool City Council will further develop the PFR-d to incorporate a PFR-score, to quantify the impact of the resilience measures. The data on the PFR-d will be uploaded by certified PFR-surveyors; thus it will involve the development of training and a certification scheme. The PFR-d will be further developed to integrate local authority flood risk data, water / flood infrastructure assets, community data and satellite data of previous flood events. The PFR-d will therefore become a way for urban areas to address and manage flood risk.

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