Built Environment

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Your latest built environment stories

Sullatober Household Recycling Centre

Redeveloping a Household Recycling Centre in Carrickfergus.

Mid and East Antrim
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

RE[act] Green Building

Demonstrating the value of a green city built environment.

Belfast
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

St. Patrick's Barracks

Building an energy-efficient development at the former St. Patrick's Barracks Ballymena.

Mid and East Antrim
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Chiswick Oasis

A living oasis cleaning the air in the heart of the city

Hounslow
  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature

North & East Yorkshire Methodist Churches

Exploring the decarbonisation of Methodist Churches with help from the Rural Community Energy Fund.

East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Finance

Brithdir Mawr Housing Co-op

An off-grid intentional community focused on low-impact living, self-sufficiency and education.

Pembrokeshire
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Built Environment
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

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

Sullatober Household Recycling Centre

Redeveloping a Household Recycling Centre in Carrickfergus.

Mid and East Antrim
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

RE[act] Green Building

Demonstrating the value of a green city built environment.

Belfast
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

St. Patrick's Barracks

Building an energy-efficient development at the former St. Patrick's Barracks Ballymena.

Mid and East Antrim
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Chiswick Oasis

A living oasis cleaning the air in the heart of the city

Hounslow
  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature

North & East Yorkshire Methodist Churches

Exploring the decarbonisation of Methodist Churches with help from the Rural Community Energy Fund.

East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Finance

Brithdir Mawr Housing Co-op

An off-grid intentional community focused on low-impact living, self-sufficiency and education.

Pembrokeshire
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Built Environment
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Social Housing Retrofit Pilot Scheme

Retrofitting five houses to increase levels of energy efficiency that could be replicated at scale.

Newry, Mourne and Down
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Todmorden Learning Centre

Re-inventing a former FE college building as a centre for climate education and the community.

Calderdale
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Greater fairness
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Dundee Heritage Trust

Reducing carbon with Deirdre Robertson on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Dundee City
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Urban Biochar & Sustainable Materials Demonstrator

Converting tree waste into biochar to enable carbon capture.

Birmingham
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

UN Schools Activity Day

Highlighting the impact of climate change and role of sustainable development.

East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Flooding & drought
  • Greater fairness
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Previsico

Predicting and preventing flood impacts through next generation flood forecasting.

Birmingham
  • Flooding & drought
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Finance
  • Transport
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