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Raising the standard

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A new standard, Loss Prevention Standard 2020 for Innovative Dwellings, has been developed by BRE Certification for assessing innovations in housing that existing standards do not cover. Its scope is on-site and off-site construction of whole housing systems, assemblies or components. It aims to simplify and speed up certification/approval processes and so reduce their costs.

Developed at the request of insurers, mortgage lenders, regulators and manufacturers, the standard is now ready for trial on live projects, and BRE Certification is looking for manufacturers interested in signing up for trials, which will include on-site inspection. The trial stage will also encompass draft higher-performance standards for dwellings, relating to flood resilience, fire resistance, security, energy efficiency and other reduced environmental impacts.

The Concrete Centre has welcomed the development, not least because it believes concrete technologies are set to meet the proposed performance levels with ease. The illustration is of tunnelform construction, one of the modern methods of construction to be certified. BRE plans to launch the standard later this year.

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