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Built Environment

We champion the physical environments that people need to work, rest and play - offices, homes, services and open spaces. We focus on opportunities for engineering and technology. Bringing together experts from a range of professional disciplines across industry, academia and government, we deliver programmes of activity, inspired by issues of the day and innovation, from retrofit to new build and beyond.

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Low Voltage Direct Current

New Code of Practice for Low and Extra Low Voltage Direct Current Power Distribution in Buildings will help designers, installers and operators ensure the safe, effective and competent application of cabling/wiring installations for low voltage direct current power distribution in buildings.

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Digital Technology Adoption in the Smart Built Environment

Challenges and Opportunities of Data-Driven Systems for Building-, Community- and City-Scale Applications

Data has always played a profound role in the decision-making and engineering management processes within the built environment, whether at building-, community- or city-scale.

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Building Information Modelling

Whilst Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a welcome addition to the digital information available when planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining the built environment, is it fully understood, being widely adopted or suitably protected from cyber-attacks?

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Future Power

Which technologies will have the greatest impact when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint of buildings? Our ‘future power’ programme will showcase the latest innovations in micro generation, storage and low voltage and direct current networks.

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Heat

How can we continue to provide heat and cooling to buildings which have traditionally relied on fossil fuels? Our ‘heat’ programme will explore the opportunities from improving energy efficiency to embracing retrofit and switching to low-carbon energy sources.

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Water

Resilience and sustainability in water availability and quality, natural disasters, and opportunities for integrating water into the built environment will be an area of focus. Technology will be encouraged to better manage this scarce resource.

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Oil spill clean-up solution created from paper-waste aerogel

The world’s first biodegradable cellulose-based aerogel made from paper-waste that features an exceptional ability to absorb oil has been developed by Singaporean researchers.

Facebook expands Arctic fleet

The Arctic Circle may seem like an odd space for an advanced data hub, but freezing year-round temperatures and huge hydroelectric generating capacity have made the town of Luleå, in northern Sweden the perfect home for Facebook’s latest line-up of high-tech data centres. 

US customs control installs facial recognition at JFK airport

New York’s JFK Airport has introduced facial-recognition technology to verify passenger identities against their passport photo.

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