The recent climate change related extreme weather events experienced in the UK and around the world have wreaked havoc on our buildings and infrastructure making the need to factor resilience into our built environment an imperative. The BRE Centre for Resilience was created this year to identify the critical issues that need to be addressed as we develop and improve the homes, buildings and structures that underpin our lives into the future.
Its mission is to provide a place for the sector to research, learn, develop new standards and create the next generation of resilient materials, products, designs and innovations that will ensure the robustness and longevity of our built infrastructure.
But resilience also encompasses our built infrastructure’s ability to withstand security and cyber threats, fire risks, natural disasters and the societal unrest that arises from increasingly dense urban developments. As the global population grows apace these issues become even more critical to address and this is the long term goal of the centre.
The BRE Centre for Resilience is a national and ultimately global resource that will be placed at the disposal of government, local authorities, environment agencies, industry and the public in a number of ways.
BRE is seeking to:
Conduct research into new mitigation and adaption methods
Create new standards for design, planning and products
Test, trial, demonstrate and certify a new tranche of innovations
Develop new training programmes for the sector
Communicate and disseminate knowledge.
Stephen is the Director of BRE’s Centre for Resilience, he has had a long career at BRE starting in 1989. He is well qualified in the area of resilience related to buildings and the built environment. He has led major international research projects as well as nationally important projects related to climate change and flood resilience.
He is currently leading a multi-partner Innovate-UK project to develop a central database of flood resilient properties. He is also leading the development of a flood resilient repair demonstration, based at the BRE Innovation Parks.