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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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Scaling Up Retrofit 2050

The UK cannot build its way to a low-carbon future without upgrading the UK’s old, cold homes to meet the legal energy-saving targets set out in the 2008 Climate Change Act, according to a new white paper from the IET and Nottingham Trent University.

New research urges radical rethink on retrofit quality

A new white paper from Sustainable Homes is arguing the case for an improved approach to retrofit in housing, with a particular focus on quality, skills and procurement.

Key topics

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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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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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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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05 Feb

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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Coventry, United Kingdom

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