BRE has signed a technical cooperation agreement with the Brazilian National Service of Industrial Learning (SENAI) to help improve knowledge and sustainability in Brazil’s construction industry.

The collaboration is part of a £1bn programme to drive sustainability in the construction sector in Brazil.

SENAI is currently engaged in a £1bn expansion programme, which includes the construction of 23 innovation institutes and 61 technology institutes across Brazil.

Under the agreement, BRE will work with SENAI on developing technical and vocational training material, which will be used in the technology institutes.

The deal also requires BRE to create a new version of BREEAM, which will allow SENAI to secure BREEAM certification for the new institutes.

BRE head of international business development Orivaldo Barros said that SENAI has allied itself with global organisations, which can provide the best available advice on improving innovation and sustainability in a variety of industry sectors.

"The collaboration is part of a £1bn programme to drive sustainability in the construction sector in Brazil."

"These include MIT in America, the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, Cambridge University in the UK and many others," Barros said.

SENAI director of operations Gustavo Leal said that the organisation is currently developing innovation and technology institutes across Brazil, including one in the area of building technologies.

"Therefore, this partnership with BRE is most important for SENAI because it will keep us connected to the leading knowledge on the built environment," Leal said.

The Brazilian and UK governments recently signed an agreement to strengthen science and research ties between the two countries.

The deal includes the development of a BRE Innovation Park in Brasilia (Parque de Inovaçao e Sustentabilidade para Ambientes Construidos) that will demonstrate green methods of construction and technologies, and a new research centre within the University of Brasilia.