David Brown kindly organized a visit to the Building Research Establishment (BRE). 14 members visited the BRE Innovation Park on 30/05/2017. For the first hour we were provided with a PowerPoint overview of the work of BRE by the Director of the Innovation Park. This gave emphasis to the role of BRE in working to reduce buildings carbon emissions to close to zero through working with industry, education and other bodies in research and development.
BRE was made independent of Government 9 years ago and is now a Trust which reinvests any surplus made in further research and development activities.
After the presentation we were allowed to make a self guided tour of the demonstration houses in the Innovation Park and see how heating and ventilation systems, renewable heat sources such as heat pumps and solar panels and high levels of insulation were contributing to zero carbon goals.
Below is shown a photo of the innovative ‘pod’ type apartment designed to form part of a terrace of ‘pods’ above a car park. This building has a lounge/kitchen/diner, a separate shower room and toilet steps from the lounge to the sleeping level. It is carbon neutral so no heating costs and has an estimated rental of £350 per month.