Delivered by BRE in association with MBE KTN and NRC

INSITE partners


The Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network is one of four KTNs funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to drive the flow of knowledge within, in and out of specific communities. TSB is an executive non-departmental public body established by the Government in 2007 and sponsored by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The MBE KTN is a collaboration between the Technology Strategy Board, BRE, CIRIA, BSRIA and Arup. It stimulates technology-enabled innovation in priority areas that offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity in the construction sector. The MBE KTN investigates how innovation can support faster and more efficient development of products and services. It works with the UK construction industry via a membership scheme to:

-  identify industry challenges and help define the strategy for UK R&D requirements

-  transfer knowledge and showcase new innovations

-  broker new collaborations for product and process development

-  support industry in accessing funding.

A key role of the MBEKTN is to support the Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform of the Technology Strategy Board, which will provide £30million of funding over the next 3 years for industry-led research and development.



The National Refurbishment Centre is a joint initiative between the Energy Saving Trust and the BRE Trust. The two organisations have a well-established history of working together, possessing complimentary skills and expertise. They both have a UK-wide delivery infrastructure and leading data and knowledge insight, with robust accreditation and performance monitoring protocols.

The National Refurbishment Centre is supporting the practical delivery of green refurbishment and retrofit, based on evidence from a nationwide demonstration network of up to 500 refurbishment exemplars. The NRC will collect data from these projects which will be stored in the Refurbishment Portal database, the National Refurbishment Centre's information 'engine'.

The data will allow the sector to identify such things as which products work best with which building-types; whether there are gaps in the market; and which skills most need improving. This evidence will help the sector to start addressing the barriers to refurbishment and formulate best practice and national codes.

Data will include:

  • One-time-tests of thermal imaging, airtightness and other single tests.
  • Live data about air quality, humidity, energy use and other areas, collected every five minutes.
  • Occupancy evaluation of comfort and experience from face-to-face interviews, questionnaires and blog diaries.


With over 42,000 members the CIOB is the international voice of the building professional, representing an unequalled body of knowledge concerning the management of the total building process.

CIOB members are skilled managers and professionals with a common commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards. Chartered Member status, represented by the designations MCIOB and FCIOB, is recognised internationally as the mark of a true professional in the construction industry.

With its increasing international membership and growing profile in the UK, the CIOB is making a hugely influential contribution to one of the world's most important industries.


Willmott Dixon

Founded in 1852, Willmott Dixon has grown to become one of the country's most recognisable brands for the built environment. It is the UK’s third largest privately-owned capital works, regeneration and support services company.

Willmott Dixon’s specialised and experienced Healthcare Solutions team is led by Health Manager/ P21+ Framework Manager Michael Clarke and our dedicated team includes health planners, strategic planners and BREEAM assessors that allow us to undertake projects from the initial CIAMS review through SOC, OBC, FBC and Post Project Evaluation. Michael has 25 years of experience working in or for the NHS. His roles include planning for, designing, constructing and managing healthcare facilities.

Our commitment to high quality, sustainable design is further strengthened with support from our sustainability and design champions. Their presence provides a critical challenge to both our in-house staff and design consultants and ensures that our team consistently delivers innovation and best practice to our clients. This ensures that they will receive the best facilities possible from which to deliver healthcare.

Our aim to deliver such buildings is demonstrated by our achievement of the first ever BREEAM “Outstanding” for a healthcare project and “Excellent” on a demonstration basis for a refurbishment.

  • Sustainable retrofit of buildings
  • Re-Vitalising communities
  • Wellbeing