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BRE CONTINUE TO LEAD THE WAY IN INNOVATION


research, and within Scotland, BRE Innovation Park @ Ravenscraig is attracting a growing list of Holyrood and Westminster politicians undertaking fact finding tours. In recent times, Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Scottish Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities Ken Macintosh MSP, Marion Fellowes MP and Phil Boswell MP have all been impressed by the ground breaking research and monitoring which takes place at the


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award winning facility. Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader is scheduled to visit later this month. The Innovation Park @ Ravenscraig


focuses in the research, development and demonstration of innovative construction processes, products and technologies. To date, five full-scale demonstration buildings have been created on the site, which showcase new solutions for the new-build and refurbishment sectors. With more than 200 companies already investing their products within the demonstration buildings, the Park is proving to be a valuable resource in informing the future of


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or over 90 years, BRE has been at the forefront of construction innovation and


Scotland’s built environment. The Innovation Park continues to attract visitors from within Scotland and beyond and has taken its rightful place within BRE’s International Network of Innovation Parks, which have expanded into China, Brazil and Canada. Recently, the team at BRE launched the


free to download RetrofitLab App, which has been developed specifically to compare energy efficiency options and the associated cost implications for house builders. The data incorporated within the app is the most up to date on the marketplace and follows months of monitoring at the “Refurbished House” on Park and represents a recreation of the “four in a block” model of which there are 265,000 in Scotland. This example of creating new knowledge is a core deliverable of the Innovation Park and BRE is committed to disseminate this effectively through its training and events programme. Dr David Kelly, Group Director BRE


Innovation Park Networks notes; “At BRE, we aim to blend science and technology with innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions for existing and future buildings not only in Scotland but in the UK, in Europe and around the world. Therefore, we are greatly encouraged by the growing level of interest being shown by both innovators and senior politicians into the work carried out by BRE. The innovative buildings, products, and technologies on the Park demonstrate future solutions to many of the housing issues we face today. We very much hope that the insight gained by, particularly by our politicians as a result of their visits, will ultimately play a part in influencing thinking around future policy.” Rufus Logan, Director with BRE adds;


“During 2016, Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, BRE remain very much at the forefront of innovation. We are currently working with a number of partners to deliver a more suited house type for the growing number who suffer from the crippling conditions of Alzheimer's and Dementia. BRE Academy offers those involved in the built environment with a series for courses designed to address modern day issues, whilst BRE’s Centre for Resilience continues to lead the way in seeking solutions to the devastating effects of weather.”


Deputy First Minister John Swinney COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MONTHLY 2016


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