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

Quebec Park

Developing an exemplar sustainable mixed-use community.

East Hampshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Dinton Activity Centre

Demonstrating the potential of retrofitting and renewables towards operational carbon neutrality.

Wokingham
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment

RCVDA Social Community Housing

To provide affordable high-quality, low-carbon, lifetime, community-led housing

Redcar and Cleveland
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Finance

Zero Carbon Village

Community ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030

North Somerset
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

Eco Cathedral for Climate Resilient Somerset

Driving down the Cathedral footprint to reduce carbon emissions.

Somerset West and Taunton
  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment

Karbon Homes

Lowering the carbon footprint of homes, whilst positively impacting the lives of customers.

County Durham
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • 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

Lawrie IP

Reducing carbon with Sam Holmes from Lawrie IP as part of the Zero Carbon Tour.

Glasgow City
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

RE:FIT Barnet

Installing retrofitting measures to reduce energy usage in Barnet's non-domestic buildings.

Barnet
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Finance

Barnet PSDS Project

Decreasing carbon emissions across council buildings.

Barnet
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Finance

Teignbridge Decarbonisation

Reducing demand for natural gas across council-owned buildings.

Teignbridge
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Simpson Construction

Building our new premises with the construction methods we want to see in the market.

York
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Roderick James Architects

Reducing carbon with Peter Smith on the Zero Carbon Tour.

East Devon
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

Microsoft

Reducing carbon with Julia Fidler from Microsoft captured on the Zero Carbon Tour.

City of Edinburgh
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

Drumchapel Net-Zero Retrofit Programme

Providing major energy-efficiency improvements to homes in Glasgow through extensive retrofit.

Glasgow City
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Flood Innovation Centre

Helping businesses develop innovative services, processes and products in flood resilience.

Barnsley
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Flooding & drought
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Yorkshire Council Flood Alleviation Scheme

Reducing flood risk in East Yorkshire.

East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Flooding & drought
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment

Blok Build

Lowering embodied carbon in the built environment through digital manufacturing.

East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Lune Valley Community Land Trust

Developing 20 affordable Passivhaus homes in partnership with South Lakes Housing

Lancaster
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
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