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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LED Code of Practice launched! 

On 9 April 2014, The Built Environment Sector organised the IET Built Environment Lighting Summit to present the IET’s new LED Code of Practice.

Speakers traversed the common myths of LEDs, revealing that technology developments mean certain LED bulbs can be dimmed. They spoke of the development of new colour metrics and of the important role of lighting controls in ‘adding real value' in terms of function and enjoyment.


The IET and the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP KTN) collaborated and brought together leading experts to discuss the current landscape, future opportunities for efficient systems integration and key priorities which were addressed by transport stakeholders at a recent roundtable event.

Outcomes from the discussion are highlighted in this insight with recommendations on the next steps. Download the insight to find out more…

Latest news

The area of the Curzon Street Station in Birmingham will see major redevelopment HS2-inspired redevelopment project launched

A huge redevelopment in Birmingham around the HS2 project, creating 14,000 jobs, 2,000 homes and worth up to £1.3bn a year to the economy has been announced by the Government today.

HKND Group chairman Wang Jing speaks to students from the National Engineering University in Managua, Nicaragua Route of $40bn Nicaraguan canal approved

The route for a $40bn canal across Nicaragua designed to rival Panama’s has been given the seal of approval by a government committee.

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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.


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.

Built environment articles

WW1: First World War archaeology - finding engineering relics

WW1: First World War archaeology - finding engineering relics

16 June 2014

From "archaeologists in the trenches" to modern-day enthusiasts of the rich engineering heritage, First World War archaeology keeps uncovering more and more hidden secrets.

Solar power hot on the heels of fossil fuels, says IET award winner

Solar power hot on the heels of fossil fuels, says IET award winner

28 May 2014

Acclaimed photovoltaics engineer and winner of the IET’s AF Harvey Prize, Australian Professor Stuart Wenham visited London recently to introduce his ground-breaking research and discuss his vision of the future solar-powered world. 

World Cup 2014 security: from Hillsborough to Rio de Janeiro

World Cup 2014 security: from Hillsborough to Rio de Janeiro

19 May 2014

Just weeks before the start of the football World Cup, deadly clashes have broken out in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and organisers complain of security shortfalls. Will 2014's biggest sporting event be safe?

Contact us

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


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.


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