What is biophilic architecture? 15 real-world examples in the built environment

When coupled with sustainable development, biophilic design can offer significant benefits for the built environment. As an industry currently responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions, the built environment…

Sexism and the city: are buildings and cities sexist?

It’s not just in employee demographics that the built environment is short of female representation – it’s in the planning and designs of our buildings and cities, too. It’s a…

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…

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…

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…

The intrinsic link between ESG and the built environment

Implementing ESG can help built environment businesses demonstrate progress on their sustainability ambitions and goals. Today, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) dominates the conversation when it comes to business strategy.…

It’s not easy, being green – are green building certifications just greenwash?

Certifications like BREEAM and LEED have been lauded in sustainability circles, but just how much importance should be placed on them? If you’ve had any experience in the built environment,…

7 sustainability skills every built environment professional needs

With environmental, social, and governance (ESG) regulations tightening and penalties set to rise, businesses across the UK are in a race against time to decarbonise their operations by 2050. As…

The built environment needs sustainability leadership

If our sector is to successfully address its role in the climate crisis, we need leaders with sustainability expertise to drive and influence organisational change. The built environment’s impact on…