Core Knowledge Partners: 

The following organisations are Core Knowledge Partners in the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings

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Core Knowledge Partners

UCL was established in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. UCL is ranked seventh in the world's top ten universities by the QS World University Rankings (2016) and the top-rated university in the UK for research strength (Research Excellence Framework 2014). It was rated top not only in the overall results, but in each of the assessed research components: publications and other research outputs, research environment and research impact. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 29 people who were students or academics at UCL. UCL attracts the third highest number of academic citations per faculty member in the UK showing the high esteem and relevance of the institution's research.

UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


The Bartlett at UCL is a world-leading, multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment. The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) is home to the faculty’s institutes that specialise in Energy (UCL-Energy), Environment (UCL IEDE), Resources (UCL ISR) and Heritage (UCL ISH). BSEER allows staff to participate more easily in multidisciplinary research to solve real-world problems, both at The Bartlett and in the wider UCL community. The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (UCL IEDE), provides teaching and research to tackle aspects of some of the greatest issues facing mankind, in areas such as health, human well-being, productivity, energy use and climate change. UCL IEDE are interested in making our buildings, towns and cities better places to live in. In 2013, UCL IEDE was named by the Royal Academy of Engineering as a Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, and it’s the source of some of the most influential postgraduate teaching and research in the field of the built environment.


UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic EngineeringThe Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (UCL CEGE) is among the top four UK civil engineering departments and has a reputation for research excellence, ranking 5th in the last UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Bringing three engineering strands together by a highly cross/interdisciplinary academic and research team, UCL CEGE are providing expertise in a wide range of areas focusing primarily on identifying the performance of built environment and infrastructure under the combined/cascading impact of natural hazards, and developing new and innovative solutions for a better resource management and a more resilient environment on building, urban and community levels.


 Building Research Establishment

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The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is a world leading multi-disciplinary building science centre with a mission to improve the built environment through research and knowledge generation.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. BRE carries out research and applies findings to create products, standards and tools that drive positive change across the built environment. It was set up by government in 1921 as the world’s first built environment research centre, to improve the quality and performance of buildings in the UK. It was privatised in 1997 and is now owned by the BRE Trust which uses profits to fund built environment education and research for the benefit of society.

Examples of BRE's experience:

  • Developed and operate BREEAM certification services, the world’s longest established and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings
  • Operate the BRE Innovation Park to demonstrate low to zero carbon buildings, showcase innovative construction and technologies and provide a test-bed for innovative ideas and products
  • BRE Victorian Terrace refurbishment from a traditional Victorian, ‘hard-to-treat’, solid wall stable block into three energy-efficient terraced homes, offering a living refurbishment research laboratory
  • Developed the Code for Sustainable Homes, which enabled a step change in sustainable building practices for new homes.