Built Environment

Energy efficiency measures, cooling and ventilation, space heating, water heating, district heating system, sustainable design and construction, passive solar design, compact development, built environment more generally (e.g. street lights, parking) and more...

Your latest built environment stories

Active Building Demonstrators

Testing and evaluating the Active Building concept.

Neath Port Talbot
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Transport

Dorset Greener Homes

Showcasing solutions to low carbon living with help from householders.

Dorset
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Energy

Cambridge Open Eco Homes

Inspiring householders to make big carbon cuts in home energy.

Cambridge
  • Carbon emissions
  • Flooding & drought
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Sustainable Selkirk

Reducing carbon emissions, saving energy and promoting sustainable travel.

Scottish Borders
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Transport

Heritage Eco-Office Provision

Helping companies flourish by providing a holistic approach to office sustainability.

Nottingham
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

People Powered Retrofit

Helping householders retrofit their homes to high environmental standards.

Manchester
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Think big locally

Why Built Environment?

Carbon emissions from the energy use in our buildings account for over one-fifth of the annual total in the UK. Being economical and efficient with our energy is one of the quickest actions we can take to turn things around. From the raw materials and energy consumed in construction, to changing people’s habits through better design of buildings, the opportunity is to reimagine our built environment and how we build it – so that more of our buildings help us conserve more of our resources. We shape our buildings, and then our buildings shape us.

All built environment initiatives

Active Building Demonstrators

Testing and evaluating the Active Building concept.

Neath Port Talbot
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Transport

Dorset Greener Homes

Showcasing solutions to low carbon living with help from householders.

Dorset
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Energy

Cambridge Open Eco Homes

Inspiring householders to make big carbon cuts in home energy.

Cambridge
  • Carbon emissions
  • Flooding & drought
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Sustainable Selkirk

Reducing carbon emissions, saving energy and promoting sustainable travel.

Scottish Borders
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Transport

Heritage Eco-Office Provision

Helping companies flourish by providing a holistic approach to office sustainability.

Nottingham
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

People Powered Retrofit

Helping householders retrofit their homes to high environmental standards.

Manchester
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Ty Solar Zero Carbon homes

Addressing energy poverty and wellbeing in housing via the use of solar energy and timber build.

Pembrokeshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

South Yorkshire Energy Centre

Encouraging the local community to adopt energy efficiency and renewables in the home.

Sheffield
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Transport

District Eating

Utilising waste heat and CO2 for horticultural projects that create jobs and produce food.

Barnsley
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Park Ecovillage Trust

Encouraging wellbeing, social development & environment protection in Findhorn Ecovillage Community.

Moray
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Transport

Empowered by Energy

Empowering refugees and asylum seekers to understand UK energy systems and save energy and money.

Croydon
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Cloughjordan Ecovillage Co. Tipperary

Demonstrating best practice in community development and rural regeneration.

Outside UK
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
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