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BRE Trust

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The BRE Trust is the largest UK charity dedicated specifically to research and education in the built environment. The Trust uses profits made by the BRE Group to fund new research and education programmes that help to meet its goal of ‘building a better world together.’
The Trust funds research to drive improvements, change and delivery in the built environment. It shares knowledge and delivers active learning on its findings which provide authoritative guidance to the construction industry.
Through its funded programmes, the Trust aims to:
– Drive change in the built environment
– Develop state-of-the-art skills and knowledge in industry
– Create world class research capabilities

The Trust's objectives of providing research and education for the public good in the built environment are supported by targeted funding for the development of a world class research organisation with wide outreach and contribution. This is achieved by working in partnership with other organisations to support enhanced apabilities thrgouh focused and collaborative research.

The education programmes through strategic research partnerships continue to provide funding for PhD students, those studying for Masters degrees and other research and teaching roles. Funding is also provided for effective dissemination of research outputs via publications and other dissemination media, providing relevant data and knowledge needed by the wider industry and those who implement change in the built environment.

Projects and programmes funded including the Resilient Built Environment Thematic Research Programme (covering covering flooding,overheating, wind loads, disaster relief and Community Resilience) the Future Cities Research Programme and QSAND (contributor).

QSAND is a free to use shelter and sustainability and resilience self-assessment tool developed by BRE Global (the developers of BREEAM), on behalf of the IFRC. As a part of their commitment to sustainable development, IFRC commissioned the development of QSAND to promote sustainable shelter and settlement activities in the aftermath of natural disasters. QSAND is part funded by the BRE Trust. To find out more visit

Charity No: 1092193

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