Bridging the gender PPE gap: why ill-fitting workwear is hampering equality

A shortage of appropriate workplace equipment and clothing won’t just make female workers uncomfortable – it puts their safety at risk, too. While the perception of construction and the built…

Technology will define the future of sustainability

Technology is going to make or break any attempt to achieve a sustainable built environment. Here’s why. The built environment has a mountain to climb to address its impact on…

COP28: the good, the bad, and the ugly

In this guest article, UCEM’s Jessica Gordon-Calvert gives her personal reaction to the fallout from December’s international climate conference. By Jessica Gordon-Calvert, Sustainability Education & Engagement Officer From an outsider’s…

How apprenticeships can upskill your workforce for the future

Apprenticeships can be the solution to the built environment's growing skills gap. Here's how. As the built environment grapples with top-level challenges like climate change, population growth and economic uncertainty,…

Giving the construction industry a second chance – a Q&A with UCEM Apprentice Jodi-Ann Morgan

What does the built environment need to do to improve diversity and representation? We sat down with apprentice quantity surveyor Jodi-Ann Morgan to find out. The built environment has significant…

12 sustainable alternatives to traditional concrete

Concrete, the second most-consumed substance in the world behind water, is also one of the most damaging to the environment. Here are 12 sustainable alternatives. The sector-wide push to realise…

Apprenticeship take-up is on the rise, but myths about this route still persist

This National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), we’ve teamed up with national property consultancy, Vail Williams LLP, to explore some of the common myths and misconceptions about the apprenticeship route. By Tanya…

Championing apprentices from the technical team

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we're profiling each of the shortlisters from this year's UCEM Built Environment Apprenticeship Awards. Name: William Tobin Job role: Senior Building Surveyor Company: Rider Levett…

Improving public sector diversity through apprenticeships

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we're profiling each of the shortlisters from this year's UCEM Built Environment Apprenticeship Awards. Name: Morag Watson Job role: Estates Team Leader Company: Environment Agency…

Growing an apprenticeship scheme from the ground up

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we're profiling each of the shortlisters from this year's UCEM Built Environment Apprenticeship Awards. Name: David Ashford Job role: People and Culture Lead Company: Ward…

What is urban greening (and how is it creating the cities of the future)?

Urban greening isn’t just making the cities of the future green – it’s helping them become sustainable, too. Here’s how. The built environment is at a crossroads. As a sector,…

Green leases, defined: how can they improve sustainability in real estate?

Implementing green leasing could help address the role of operational carbon emissions in the ongoing climate crisis. Read on to find out how. While gas, oil, automotive and aviation are…