Are heat pumps just hot air?

Amid fierce debate in the UK, are heat pumps really the future of sustainable energy, heating and retrofitting in the built environment? If we are to achieve the 2050 net…

What is BIM (and how does it work)?

Here’s why building information modelling (BIM) is at the centre of digital transformation across architecture, construction and the wider built environment. Construction projects are far from simple. From the design and…

Smart buildings, explained – here’s what they mean for the built environment

Smart buildings could represent the intelligent, connected and sustainable future of the built environment. The built environment is no stranger to digital transformation. Just as technology is revolutionising processes across…

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…

Building climate resilience into the built environment

by UCEM Academic Hazel Nash With extreme weather events on the rise, what can the built environment do to ensure buildings are climate resilient? There’s no question that climate change…

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Profile: Our 2021 honorary doctorate recipient, Sadie Morgan

We are revealing the latest recipients of a UCEM honorary doctorate all this week as we build up to our autumn graduation ceremonies on Friday and Saturday. First up is…

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My career in the built environment: Guest blog by our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying programme leader, James Ritson

Early interest From a young age, I’d always been interested in creating things. I loved, and still love, puzzles and it was this inherent interest in creating things and piecing…

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Five books which inspire me: Guest blog by our building surveying programme leader, James Ritson

With Christmas fast approaching, you may be seeking inspiration for last-minute gift ideas. If it’s books you’re after, our ‘Five books which inspire me’ blog series may do the trick.…

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Lucy Roper’s weekly Built Environment blog: Brexit business advice, recent architectural feats and surprising facts about librarians

Each week, UCEM Information Governance Manager, Lucy Roper points us in the direction of interesting stories from the Built Environment. This week, Lucy looks at some of the advice being…

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Lucy Roper’s weekly Built Environment blog: The big stories in the sector

Each week, UCEM Information Governance Manager, Lucy Roper points us in the direction of interesting stories from the Built Environment. This week, Lucy points us to concerning stories about Brexit-influenced…

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#UCEM100 April centenary blog: Iconic structures – The National Museum of Qatar

Our fourth monthly centenary blog sees us return to the theme of iconic structures; namely, The National Museum of Qatar (known as Desert Rose) in Doha. The museum – inspired…