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The Green Triangle partners are working actively to create new skills in the Green Industry

BRE Home Quality Mark

BRE have recently launched the new Home Quality Mark which provides impartial information from independent experts on a new home's quality. It clearly indicates to householders the overall expected costs, health and wellbeing benefits, and environmental footprint associated with living in the home. The Mark helps everyone to fully understand the quality, performance and attributes of a new build home. The Quality Home Mark is a rigorous and relevant standard for new homes, using a simple 5-star rating to provide impartial information from independent experts on a new home's design and construction quality and running costs.

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BRE Innovation Park

The BRE Innovation Park is home to some of the world’s most sustainable buildings, innovative low carbon materials and technologies. Launched in 2005, the BRE Innovation Park is a gallery, a testing facility, a hub of innovation, an educational resource, a marketing opportunity, a collaborative enterprise, a catalyst for change. Over 400 companies have invested their resources and creative energy in the project. This model is currently being replicated in China, Brazil, US and Canada. All the parks will be connected via an online network to exchange knowledge and create international exposure.

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A £6.4M collaborative project, AIMC4 will develop and apply innovative materials, products and process to meet the Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes through innovative fabric and building services solutions only. The consortium includes Stewart Milne Group, Barratt Developments and Crest Nicholson, who will design and build world-class energy efficient homes, BRE who will advise on innovative solutions and technical issues, and will carry out analysis and evaluation of the performance of the homes and occupants behaviour, and H+H UK Ltd an innovative supplier of concrete products.

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Courses in sustainable construction and land based industries

Oaklands College is a regional centre for training in Land Based Industries (animal care, equine, horticulture, green keeping) as well as Construction Trades, including a focus on sustainable technologies. Oaklands and BRE are working closely to fill a number of skills gaps both locally and nationally, delivering courses which include Green Deal installation and qualification for the industry, a BTEC in LEAN Construction, and Environmental Plumbing. Oaklands are also planning an extensive redevelopment of their St Albans campus, designed to create a truly sustainable learning environment.

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Grown In Britain

In 2012 the Secretary of State has appointed BRE’s CEO, Dr Peter Bonfield, to develop the Grown in Britain programme, a movement aimed at: creating a new and stronger market pull for the array of products derived from our woodlands and forests; developing private sector funding that supports the planting and management of woodland and forests through funding from corporates as part of their corporate social responsibility; and connecting together and harness the positive energy and feelings towards our woodlands and forests.

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BRE Victorian Terrace

BRE and its partners have created the Victorian Terrace project to demonstrate how it is possible to transform the Energy Performance Certificate rating of the solid wall stable block from a band F building into three separate band A/B units, using the latest innovative products to show how refurbishment can play a major part in reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. Evidence from the Victorian Terrace and other projects will provide a robust evidence-base for developing standards, regulation, skills and product markets needed for a national delivery of green refurbishment.

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Electric Vehicles (EVs)

UH owns EValu8 – company funded by DfT to promote the use of EVs through charging infrastructure in East of England. Associated R&D includes:

  • EVEREST project for DECC on energy storage and grid support
  • Project on bi-directional communication for vehicle to grid transfers of energy
  • Training for staff in engineering support of EV infrastructure and developing the knowledge of EV sales staff in dealerships
  • ‘Fast Recharging Electric Vehicles powered by Air-Zinc Batteries’ to start early 2014 for two years, subject to funding
  • Research project for optimising electric vehicle control strategy, supported by AVL Powertrain UK Ltd.

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