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Q - What are the benefits of using

A - Using the online gives you many advantages:

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Q - How do I search for a publication?

A - uses a comprehensive search tool.

You may use any one or combination of any of the four elements provided.

  1. Enter your search term: In this box you may enter terms such as the document title, its author, ISBN number or a keyword or words.
  2. Select from (publishers): If you know the publisher you are looking for you can select them from the drop down menu which appears if you place your cursor over the downward arrow (click to select).
  3. Select from (products): Similarly, if you know the medium of publication that you require (e.g. book, video, CD-ROM, software or PDF) select it from the drop down menu which appears if you place your cursor over the downward arrow (click to select).

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Q - How do I search for a specific title?

A - If you know the exact wording of the title, or a precise string of words in it, type them in double quotation marks in the 'Enter your search term' box. This will also find publications whose summary or keywords includes this string of words.

If you are looking for a BRE series title, this should be abbreviated and input without using spaces e.g. IP12 (for Information Papers) DG346 (for Digests) BR365 (for Reports) GBG18 (for Good Building Guides)

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Q - How do I carry out a subject search?

Use the 'Enter your search term' box. Multiple terms can be input using the words "and", "or" and "not" between each term (quotation marks not necessary). The expression developed has no limit on length.

Examples are:

You can mix author's names (if known) with general terms, e.g.

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Q - Can I see further details about the publication before ordering?

A - Click on the title and you will find a summary of the publication and keywords. If you order it and find that it is not what you wanted, you can return the item within 14 days and the price will be refunded to you. is a virtual bookshop so it is not possible to make a visit to select publications.

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Q - How do I place my order?

A - Click on the 'Add to basket' icon beside each title you require. If you wish to alter the quantities of any title, click on 'Update Qty' after you have made the amendment, and the total price including postage will appear. If this is for delivery outside the UK, select the relevant region of the world and click on 'Change'. The amended postage will be displayed. Then click on 'Go to checkout' and complete your contact details. If you are paying by credit/ debit card and you supply your email address, you will receive an Order Confirmation/ Receipt.

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Q - Which credit/ debit cards do you accept?

A - We accept all Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, and Switch Cards.

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Q - Will my credit/ debit card transaction be secure?

A - Yes. uses a secure link operated by Stripe when you enter your card details. Stripe transactions are encoded for your security and does not store your credit card details. Therefore the amount is debited from your card on purchase of the item and not when the order is dispatched.

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Q - How can I pay for my order?

BRE Bookshop is only able to take payment by credit or debit card.

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Q - How do I obtain a receipt?

A - At the end of the online ordering process, you are given the option to print a receipt. If you input your e-mail address when prompted during the process of creating your order, you will automatically receive by e-mail an Order Confirmation that also acts as a receipt.

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Q - Can I return my purchases?

A - BRE wants you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. To demonstrate this we offer a 14-day money back guarantee. This does not apply to Standards, videos, computer software, CDs, or DVDs, or to downloaded pdfs and software. Refunds or replacements for these will only be made if the item is faulty.

If you want to return any items purchased from us please see the returns page on this site.

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Q - Why can't I add a publication to the shopping basket?

A - If there is no "add to basket" icon for a particular publication, the item has not yet been published, or it is temporarily unavailable.

If you cannot add any items to your basket, it could be because the security settings on your computer are not accepting cookies (you can check your security settings in Internet Explorer - Tools - Internet options - Security).

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Q - How long does it take to receive the pdfs I've ordered?

A - If you have purchased downloadable pdfs or software, the order confirmation page gives you a link where you can download the item(s) straightaway. If you have trouble doing this, the Order Confirmation and Receipt emailed to you also contains a link. If this email does not arrive at once, log into your account on, click on the Order Number, and download the pdf or software there. If you are still having problems, then email us at for further help.

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Q - Can I re-produce material from BRE publications?

A - Requests to re-use materials from BRE Publications are unable to be processed at this time.

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Q - Are printed copies of BRE publications available?

A - To reduce our environmental impact we are no longer providing hard copies of BRE publications. The majority of publications are available as an original pdf file or as a scan of the printed version. Some older publications are only available in hard copy format and we are looking to make these available in digital format.

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