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

Carbon Neutral Greater Manchester Public Sector Estate

Providing GM's public sector with a decarbonisation plan and toolkit to target carbon neutral 2038.

Bolton
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Cornwall Council Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator

Accelerating the decarbonisation of Cornwall Council's social housing.

Cornwall
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

BedZED

Creating the UK’s first large-scale sustainable community.

Sutton
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Transport

Project Drawdown

Reducing carbon emissions from anaesthetic gases.

Bridgend
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Built Environment

Delivering Net Zero

Helping social landlords to build new affordable zero carbon homes.

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

Solcer House: Affordable Energy Positive Housing

Providing a template for affordable energy positive housing.

Bridgend
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • 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.

Blue Green City Of The Future

The Living With Water partnership is working with the people of Hull to protect the city and wider area from flooding, putting resilience and community regeneration at the heart of everything they do.

All built environment initiatives

Staffordshire Business Environmental Network

Supporting businesses to achieve long-term sustainability.

Cannock Chase
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Staffordshire University Nursery and Forest School

Providing a sustainable place of early years learning connected to nature.

Stoke-on-Trent
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Wixford Village Hall

Funding the upgrade of a dilapidated village hall.

Stratford-on-Avon
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Finance

KSCA Zero Carbon Project

Reducing carbon emissions from a community building.

South Staffordshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Humberston Eco Conservation Centre

Demonstrating and showcasing renewable energy technologies.

East Lindsey
  • Food security & supply
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

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
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