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

Reading Zero Carbon Housing Developments

Ensuring big housing developments aim for zero carbon.

Reading
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment

East Sussex Warm Homes Check

Tackling fuel poverty with warm homes support for owners and renters.

Hastings
  • Greater fairness
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

GMCA Smart Energy Plan

Boosting jobs, improving housing and lowering emissions through an integrated Smart Energy Plan.

Bolton
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Targeted Climate Adaptation For The Most Vulnerable

Understanding where people are facing social deprivation and are most vulnerable to climate threats.

Dundee City
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

NE Derbyshire Energy Efficient Social Housing

Making council homes more energy efficient.

North East Derbyshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Warmer Privately-Rented Properties

Improving energy efficiency standards for rented properties.

Liverpool
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • 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.

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

Derby University Sustainable Urban Transition

Reimagining Derby's future cityscape with digital twins and of augmented reality.

Derby
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

NEE OneVoice

Working collaboratively to ensure we deliver on decarbonising the region’s­ built environment.

County Durham
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Investing In Nottinghamshire

Transforming the way we work and delivering economic regeneration through our assets.

Bassetlaw
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Transport

Top Wighay Sustainable Urban Extension

Developing flowing Future Home Standards and BREEAM Excellent models.

Gedling
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment

Native Architects

Creating an exemplar low carbon office space by employing One Planet Living principles.

York
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Clean Air Crew

Providing a fun and interactive educational website to teach school children about air pollution.

Halton
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Transport

RE:FIT Bedford

Retrofitting buildings with energy efficiency measures to cut running costs and carbon emissions.

Bedford
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Finance

Titanic Belfast

Reducing carbon with Judith Owens from Titanic Belfast on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Belfast
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Salford Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

Decarbonising key public sector buildings through a Greater Manchester-wide scheme.

Salford
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

North West LAD2

Embedding a social value target into the Local Authority Delivery 2 housing retrofit programme.

Knowsley
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Greater fairness
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Net-Zero Buckinghamshire

Helping local businesses to embrace sustainability.

Buckinghamshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Greater fairness
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Finance

East Midlands Development Corporation Programme

Getting the future to work.

Broxtowe
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Energy
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