Built Environment

Smart innovation for tomorrow's urban landscape

A platform for professionals working or interested in the built environment industry. Sharing best practice for a sustainable future through publications, services, professional networking opportunities and events. 

News and Highlights

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Calling experts working on city resilience! 

Submit your paper for the opportunity to be featured in our Managing Complexity and Uncertainty in Developing Cities Special Interest Publication (a multi-professional body publication, led by the ESP KTN and the IET) Deadline: 23 March 2014


Latest news

Weird and Wonderful, 1st Place – A robot programmed with novel social intelligence algorithms performs a stand-up routine at London’s Barbican Centre [Credit: Toby Harris] Slideshow: EPSRC photography competition winners

A picture of a joke-telling robot that can tailor its stand-up routine in real time has won the EPSRC photography competition.

The impact of climate change is likely to be World must adapt to climate reality, says IPCC report

A clean industrial revolution has been urged in the wake of the publication of a major report on the impacts of climate change.

Latest events

Sector Case Study

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GE Digital Energy, Grid IQ Innovation Centre: Generating a Sustainable Future

View the latest Built Environment Sector case study on GE Digital Energy, a division of GE Energy which is part of the global Smart Grid effort to modernise and optimise how the world generates, moves and consumes energy. 

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Virtual library

IET members can access for free electronic books and journals from: EBSCO, Engineering and IT Reference Library, Faulkner reports, Knovel, Wiley, and Key Note.

Learning Legacy

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Engineering the Olympics

Engineering and technology has enabled the London 2012 Games to be a huge success.

E&T Marketplace

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E&T Marketplace

The essential directory for buyers and suppliers of engineering and technology products and services.

Resources

Front cover of the Built Environment Case Study VAULT Scottish Community Apparatus Data

VAULT Scottish Community Apparatus Data

The lack of real-time information about pipes and cables underground has often led to disruption to the UK’s roads, and its population. While information is available about where this infrastructure is located underground, a delay in receiving this information can lead to further disruption and costs. Noticing a need for real-time availability, a consortium involving the University of Leeds came to create a new way to share and access information.


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Building Information Modelling (BIM): Addressing the cyber security issues

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is going to transform the way that the architecture, construction, engineering and facilities management (FM) industries work together. This insight will look at the risks that are inherent in the adoption of BIM, in particular the need to address cyber security in the implementation of the collaborative processes and systems.


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Infrastructure risk and resilience

IET publications, industry insights and speaker presentations on IET.tv addressing this topic.

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Energy storage

Energy storage has a part to play in redressing the balance between power demand and power supply at a given point in time.  Here are some useful links on recent developments.

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Lifts, escalator and horizontal walkways

The partnership between the IET and the CIBSE Lifts Group has produced a wealth of insights in this area.  

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Building energy efficiency

Webcasts and industry interviews from building energy efficiency professionals, as well as a perspective from tomorrow’s engineers in Europe.   

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Data centre design

Data centres are notoriously power hungry. Find out how they are now being designed with energy efficiency in mind.

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Community scale thinking

District heating and CHP aren't new ideas, but more schemes are beginning to be commissioned, including the Olympic Park.  Why now?

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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

BIM is fast becoming an accepted process on many projects.  See webcasts from industry experts on what this means for practitioners.

Sector publications

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Sector newsletter

Bringing you all the latest on sector initiatives, partnerships and thought leadership, and details of upcoming events.


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Energy efficient lighting in the UK

A comprehensive showcase led report outlining a current technology overview, market intelligence and the role of energy-efficient lighting in the drive for carbon reduction.

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IET Sectors 2012: A year in review

This high-level review summarises the major outcomes from a remarkable year of activity for IET Sectors.


Built environment articles

Smart meters: too little, too late?

Smart meters: too little, too late?

14 April 2014

Will smart meters be enough to help us keep the lights on and unlock energy savings in our homes?

Climate change: engineering a solution

Climate change: engineering a solution

14 April 2014

Following the spring floods in the south-west of England, in a rare interview, leading climatologist Professor Mark Maslin discusses the role of the engineer in the fight against global warming.

Intelligent grids, renewable energy and smart appliances: keeping the lights on

Intelligent grids, renewable energy and smart appliances: keeping the lights on

14 April 2014

Intelligent grids, unstable inputs of renewable energy and smart appliances. Are these the tools that we will use to help avoid future blackouts and keep the lights on?

Contact us


If you would like to learn more or have any questions about the Built Environment Sector, please email: built-environment@theiet.org

Factfiles

Energy storage

Electricity storage

This Briefing provides an introduction to electricity storage technologies and answers some key questions about the roles that storage can play within the electricity system.

Can we really do more at less cost with the UK road network?

Can we really do more at less cost with the UK road network?

This factfile examines what can be done at less cost with the UK road network to achieve transport policy objectives such as reducing congestion, accidents and emissions.

Policy

Government policy

The IET represents the views of its members on a wide range of professional and technological issues.

EU energy: decarbonisation and economic competitiveness
Submitted on 03 October 2012 to House of Lords European Union Committee (Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy)
The Economics of Wind Power
Submitted on 27 June 2012 to House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee