BRE's refurbishment projects

BRE has worked with local councils on a number of refurbishment projects.

Each project, representing a different house-type, forms part of the network of 500 exemplars that are helping the National Refurbishment Centre to evaluate the effectiveness of energy-efficient products and raise skills.

Victorian Terrace

BRE and partners have created the Victorian Terrace to act as a laboratory for current and emerging products, materials, design solutions and installation techniques. The aim is to transform the Energy Performance Certificate rating of a solid wall stable block from a 'band F' building into three separate 'band A/B' units, using the latest innovative products, and show how refurbishment can play a major part in reducing the UK’s carbon emissions.

The Victorian Terrace is a key project within BRE's 300 domestic refurbishment exemplars, which include:

  • Sheffield Ecoterrace Exemplar, South Yorkshire
  • Leeds Exemplar Refurbishment Project, West Yorkshire
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme Exemplar, Staffordshire
  • Stoke-on-Trent Exemplar, Staffordshire
  • Nelson Exemplar, East Lancashire
  • St Ives Exemplar, Huntingdonshire
  • St Neot's Exemplar, Huntingdonshire.

CoRE

The Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) based at a disused pottery kiln in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent serves as both a unique demonstration project and as a training centre for innovative retrofitting techniques. CoRE is a strategic response to a substantial market need, aiming to help UK businesses to tap into a growing multi-million pound refurbishment sector.

Among its goals are:

  • supporting businesses with skills and training solutions
  • delivering practitioner-led seminars
  • establishing standards, guidance and accreditation
  • facilitating new materials testing
  • showcasing refurbishment products
  • incubating new technology.

To view CoRE's PDF brochure, click here.

To view CoRE's project website click here.


BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment

BRE Global is developing a new BREEAM assessment method for domestic refurbishment, which will sit alongside the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) for newbuilds. Assessors have been measuring more than 300 homes in a pilot programme and Croydon council has committed to applying the standard once it is launched.
 
Properties are measured against such environmental criteria as energy and water use, and then given a rating ranging from ‘pass' to ‘outstanding'. The pilot programme is testing the method in properties of varying types and ages, ranging from apartments to traditional houses.

Over the next two years, National Refurbishment Centre secondees will spend three to six months living in the Integer House, located at the edge of BRE's Watford site.

Built in 1998 and featured on the BBC as the 'House of the Future’, the timber-frame, south-facing passive house incorporated latest innovations in design,intelligence and environmental performance. Renewable energy technologies included solar water, PV and a ground-source heat pump. It was also fitted with grey water recycling and rainwater harvesting as well as intelligent technologies to manage the indoor environment and services.


Integer House monitoring

Over the next two years, National Refurbishment Centre secondees will spend three to six months living in the Integer House, located at the edge of BRE's Watford site.

Built in 1998 and featured on the BBC as the 'House of the Future’, the timber-frame, south-facing passive house incorporated latest innovations in design,intelligence and environmental performance. Renewable energy technologies included solar water, PV and a ground-source heat pump. It was also fitted with grey water recycling and rainwater harvesting as well as intelligent technologies to manage the indoor environment and services.

Back to the future

Integer House represents thousands of buildings built over the last 10 years that incorporated emerging sustainable, energy-efficient and renewable technologies. But how effective are these technologies really? More than a decade on and the temporary residents will provide live-in monitoring data and feedback to hopefully answer that question.

Occupant behaviour

But Integer House is also an opportunity find out how occupants use technologies. The building will therefore become a test-bed for newly-installed hardware and control systems, providing critical data on the occupier experience and changes in behaviour as fabric improvements are installed. This will feed into the BRE and British Gas SmartHomes project.

Read about their experiences at the Integer House Blog on the MBE KTN blog service.