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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. 

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Digital Technology Adoption in the Smart Built Environment technical briefing

There is a rapidly changing landscape for digital technologies in the built environment. Understanding the opportunities, challenges and enablers for successful systems implementation is key to ensuring appropriate investment of time and resources in digital built environment projects. Download the Digital Technology Adoption in the Smart Built Environment technical briefing and get an insight and case studies showcasing industry projects delivered in this area.

Latest news

cognicity-winners Polysolar and Voyage Control win Cognicity Challenge

Two companies fighting for funding in a 12-week programme have won £50,000 each to fast-track smart city technology in London’s Canary Wharf.

artist-impression-wheel Dutch Windwheel combines generation with housing

A futuristic wind turbine proposed for construction in the Netherlands promises to harness green energy as well as providing people with a home.

Key Topics

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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.

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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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Building energy efficiency

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

Sector publications

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Built Environment Thought Leadership Summit: A review - Data as the lifeblood to the Smart Built Environment

The IET brought together leading experts from across the information and communications sector, and the building services industries, for a thought leadership summit on data in the smart built environment. This review highlights the current thinking, future opportunities, and key priorities in this fast-developing area.

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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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Intelligent Buildings: Understanding and managing the security risks

View the Information and Communications Sector Insight on intelligent buildings and the security risks.

Sector Newsletters

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Sector newsletter

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


Built environment articles

Building acoustics: What to do when noise annoys

Building acoustics: What to do when noise annoys

16 March 2015

When architects design smart buildings, noise performance is quite often the last thing on their minds. But acoustic design is a critical factor in making sure your workspace is a place where you can actually work

Met Office supercomputer: the future of weather forecasting

Met Office supercomputer: the future of weather forecasting

16 February 2015

Will the new Met Office supercomputer, up and running later this year, improve the accuracy of weather forecasting in Britain's fickle climatic conditions?

Venus Project: future societies blueprint, 20 years on

Venus Project: future societies blueprint, 20 years on

12 February 2015

If you want to make the world a more sustainable place look no further than the Venus Project, a technology-based Utopia that for two decades has been proposing a radical overhaul to the way we think about the future. Does today’s technology take the dream any closer to reality?

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