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…

5 circular business models (and how they can give you a competitive advantage)

Did you know that the built environment and construction industry is responsible for generating one-third of the world’s waste and at least 40% of its carbon dioxide emissions? When compared…

How to select the right ESG goals and targets for your business

The best way to adopt, set and measure ESG goals in your organisation can vary greatly. Here are some considerations for yours. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are quickly…

What are the modern methods of construction (and how do they work)?

Find out the new and innovative trends that are helping the construction sector address its impact on the climate crisis. To address the worsening climate crisis, we need immediate and…