Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM)

BaleHaus closeupThe BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM) conducts leading research, development and consultancy in the field of innovative and sustainable construction materials and technologies.

The Centre is leading the way in researching solutions to the environmental impacts of construction and infrastructure. Developing the use of radical, low-carbon building materials and reinforcement technologies for the construction industry, the Centre is assisting in reducing the UK’s eco footprint - vital to mitigate the projected doubling of cement-based CO2 emissions by 2050.

Contact us

Director: Professor Pete Walker
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386646
Twitter: @brecicm

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International Symposium on Earthen Structures (ISES-2018) announcement

The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials is proud to be a co-organiser of The 2nd International Symposium on Earthen Structures (ISES-2018), which will be held at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India, 22-24 August 2018. The conference is jointly organised by: Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST); Department of Civil Engineering Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, U. K.; Centre for Low Impact Buildings, Coventry University, UK; Department of Engineering, University of Durham, UK; Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics De L’Etat (ENTPE), Lyon, France; Dachverband Lehm e.V., Germany. Further information, including key dates, is available from the ISES2018 website.

Research activities

The research interests and activities of the Centre fall into the following broad definitions:

Further details

Research students

  • Anna Chaliasou
  • Barrie Dams
  • Stephen Davey
  • Carla Ferreira Pinto da Silva
  • Cristiano Figueiredo
  • Andrea Giampiccolo
  • Fiona Gleed
  • Atif Hussain
  • Ying Liu
  • Alastair Marsh
  • Graham Mustard
  • Chee Beng Ong
  • Elisabetta Patane
  • Qiushi Peng
  • Vesna Raicic
  • Paul Westgate
  • Joe Williams
  • Yuanzhang Yang
  • Xunzhi Yin
  • Cong Zhang


We welcome graduates with a First Class or 2:1 Honours degree who wish to study for a PhD.

For University Research Scholarships, apply by 31 December for studies beginning in October the following year.

Further information on applying for research study can be found on our Graduate School website.

The centre has facilities to support a wide range of research projects, including:

  • Purpose-built structures laboratory
  • Geotechnical laboratory
  • Rammed Earth and ‘eco' materials research laboratory
  • Concrete preparation laboratory
  • Fluids laboratory
  • Timber preparation and timber research laboratory
  • Environmental chambers
  • Thermal conductivity testing
  • Analytical facilities including caloritometry, SEM, TGA, XRD
  • DVS
  • 3-Flex surface area analyser and porosimeter

Building research park

Our Building Research Park is a facility located at Wroughton Airfield, Swindon. It offers the capability of full-scale research into building materials and systems using 16 re-configurable research buildings.


The HIVE is located at the Building Research Park and is an experimental building funded by the EPSRC (EP/K040391/1 and EP/L005689/1), and by the University of Bath. It offers a framework around which research projects can be constructed by RCUK researchers and others.

Many of our projects involve collaboration with industrial partners. We are currently working with:

  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • BRE
  • Buro Happold
  • Clayworks
  • Concrete Repairs Ltd
  • Engineers without borders
  • Expedition Engineering
  • Fraunhofer
  • Tony Gee and partners
  • Ibstock Brick
  • Integral Engineering Design
  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Lafarge
  • Lhoist Research and Development
  • Lime Technology Ltd
  • ModCell Ltd
  • Mouchel
  • Network Rail
  • Odgers Conservation
  • Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • Ramboll
  • Rotafix Ltd
  • Singleton Birch
  • Technalia
  • Ty-Mawr Lime
  • White Design Associates.

We welcome new approaches from organisations seeking to develop work on innovative construction materials.