HOPE: Health Optimisation Protocol for Energy-efficient Buildings
Pre-normative and socio-economic research to create healthy and energy efficient buildings

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BRE (Building Research Establishment)

Expertise and experience

BRE is the UK's leading centre of expertise on indoor environment issues covering buildings, transport and other sectors. BRE has considerable experience as an independent research and consultancy organisation. Established over 75 years ago, BRE has over 350 scientific, technical and engineering staff within a total complement of over 550. Typical work includes specific research and development commissions for industry and longer-term research programmes for both UK government and the European Commission. Much of BRE's work involves the development of standards, regulations of best practice guidance for whole industry sectors.

BRE's project expertise covers many aspects of the indoor environment, including air quality and ventilation, pollution (internal and external), noise, water and waste, lighting, indoor climate and control systems, and workplace productivity and energy use. BRE's client base includes national and local government (we are the single largest contractor to the UK Department of the Environment and Transport and the Regions on construction and environment); the European Commission; manufacturers; transport operators; utilities and others. BRE is involved in major national and international standard setting activities such as BSI, CEN and ISO. BRE has participated in over 140 collaborative European projects of which it has co-ordinated over 25.

Key persons

Prof Gary Raw
Prof Raw is Director of the Centre for Safety, Health and Environment, and is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. His experience lies primarily in environmental psychology and in working at the interface between psychology and other disciplines (particularly medicine, environmental health and engineering). The main area in which he is currently recognised as an expert is "sick building syndrome" and related areas of indoor air quality and health in buildings. His work has involved extensive experience of questionnaire design, survey design and statistical analysis, collaboration in multidisciplinary projects and management of major projects on indoor environment and health. He has also supervised MSc and PhD research. He is a founder member, and former Board member, of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality & Climate, and has been elected to the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences. He was President of the international conference Indoor Air 99.

Dr Derrick Crump
Dr Crump will be responsible for the environmental measurements to be made in the UK. He joined BRE in 1982, having previously worked in the UK Department of the Environment's science policy division. He is an expert in the development of sampling and analytical methods to determine concentrations of organic compounds in the air, and has applied these methods in major surveys of concentrations of pollutants in UK homes and offices. He is also involved in developing international standards, through both committee work and method development. He is responsible for BRE's IAQ laboratory, which is well equipped for emissions testing and analysis by liquid and gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and flame ionisation detection.