Conference sponsors

BRE Trust

The BRE Trust is the largest UK charity dedicated specifically to research and education in the built environment.

Set up in 2002 to advance knowledge, innovation and communication for public benefit, the Trust uses all profits made by the BRE Group to fund new research and education programmes that will help to meet its goal of ‘building a better world’.

The Trust commissions research into the challenges faced by the built environment and publishes project findings which act as authoritative guidance to the construction industry. Through its activities, the Trust aims to achieve:

  • A higher quality built environment
  • Built facilities that offer improved functionality and value for money
  • A more efficient and sustainable construction sector with a higher level of innovative practice.
  • In collaboration with academia and industry, the Trust awards scholarships and bursaries to PhD and MSc students, and provides financial support to the Chairs of five University Centres of Excellence.

BRE, along with BRE Global Ltd and FBE Management Ltd are subsidiary companies of the BRE Trust. This ownership structure enables BRE to be held as a national asset on behalf of the construction industry and its clients, independent of specific commercial interests. It protects the impartiality and objectivity of the BRE Group in providing research and guidance.

Building Research Establishment

Expert, impartial research, knowledge and advice for the built environment sector and beyond.

The Building Research Establishment helps government, industry and business to meet the challenges of our built environment. Today's need to combat climate change, and the significant economic and social issues we now face, are no exceptions.

BRE is an independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries. We help clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses - and we support the innovation needed to achieve this.

As well as our Watford Headquarters, we operate from regional offices in the North West and West Midlands of England, and in Scotland, Wales and Ireland, to provide services that include consultancy, research, testing, innovation, sustainability and training.

College of Estate Management

The College of Estate Management (CEM) is the leading provider of supported distance learning for real estate and construction professionals. We have been playing a key role in the property world for over 90 years. At any one time we have over 4,000 students from more than 100 countries benefiting from our courses. We cover almost every aspect of real estate and construction at diploma, degree and postgraduate level.

While we are an independent organisation, we have a close relationship with the University of Reading, which validates our BSc and MSc programmes, and with The Open University, which validates our MBA programme. Our courses are accredited by a range of professional bodies, including RICS, CIOB and BIFM, and provide established routes to membership.

Whatever your background, studying with CEM will give you the knowledge, confidence and direction you need to develop your career in real estate and construction. All our courses are taught by supported distance learning. Rather than attending lectures or classes, you'll use a state-of-the-art online learning environment. This means you can study when, where and how you want without interrupting your career.

For further information about our courses please contact our Enquiries Team:
Telephone: 0800 019 9697

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Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the key professional body for built and historic environment conservation specialists. A charity, the Institute exists to establish, support and regulate standards in conservation, for and through its membership.

IHBC’s membership support underpins our wider objectives: promoting effective protection and enhancement of historic places and fabric, and encouraging heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all.

Accreditation as a Full Member of the IHBC is widely recognised as a mark of professional competence across building and historic environment conservation disciplines. To ensure relevance to current practice, our interdisciplinary membership criteria use national and international standards and models in conservation and project management.

IHBC members have access to support & professional guidance in career development, skills enhancement and job opportunities. IHBC membership benefits include our unique news service, our NewsBlogs, key sector publications such as the membership journal, Context, reduced rates for key CPD events, awards, and special networking and volunteering opportunities, nationally and through our energetic local Branch network.

As a professional body, the IHBC provides access to key services such as its register of professional practices, HESPR. As a charity, the IHBC helps support for those on low income through subsidised membership fees, as well hardship funds and event bursaries.

IHBC’s membership benefits provide unique support for anyone with a genuine career interest in conserving places.

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