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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

Customers of a Carrefour store in Lille can trial a Philips navigation app for shopping ads Lights beam ads to phones in supermarkets

Smart and connected lights pioneer Philips has launched a trial of a new system that uses supermarket lighting to beam ads to shoppers’ phones as they move through a shopping centre.

They are protected, yet no one has focused before on what noise could do to their ability to survive Wind farm construction puts seals’ hearing at risk

Harbour seals living close to wind farm construction sites risk hearing problems due to exposure to excessive noise levels, a study has found.

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

Engineering behind Hitler's Atlantic Wall

Engineering behind Hitler's Atlantic Wall

18 May 2015

Contrary to Nazi propaganda and despite some brilliant engineering, Hitler's 6000km 'Atlantic Wall' of coastal fortifications proved fairly ineffective from a strategic point of view. Seventy years after VE day, we visit some of the Wall's remaining sites in France.

Classic Projects: Forth Bridge

Classic Projects: Forth Bridge

20 April 2015

Widely recognised as one of Scotland's defining landmarks, this Victorian engineering icon was the world's longest single cantilever construction when it was built 125 years ago.

Data centre environmental footprints become target of EU plans

Data centre environmental footprints become target of EU plans

20 April 2015

The European Union is keen to measure the energy efficiency of the power systems inside data centres. Is it looking at the right things?

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