All buildings great and small: the spectacular rise of tiny homes

What are tiny homes, and why is this radical approach to homeowning starting to pick up momentum and popularity in the UK? The UK is currently experiencing a housing crisis,…

How the built environment can bridge the green skills gap

Here are 8 ways governments, organisations and individuals can work together to close the skills gap. Making net zero a reality by 2050 will require an enormous effort from businesses,…

Diagnosing the green skills gap: 5 factors fuelling the shortage

The green skills gap is holding back the built environment’s sustainability efforts. Here’s where it’s come from, and why we need to solve it. The built environment is about to…

A guide to prefabrication (and how it’s transforming construction)

While prefabrication is emerging as a sustainable innovation in the construction industry, it’s actually a concept that’s been around for thousands of years. Construction is a complex and multi-faceted process.…

What is the green skills gap (and why does it matter)?

The built environment is in dire need of sustainability talent. Here are 6 skills that can help close the growing green talent gap. The UK is in a race to…

What is DfMA (and what does it mean for construction)?

Adopting the Design for Manufacture and Assembly approach can help construction firms maximise efficiency and ensure the future of the built environment is sustainable. Construction is evolving. From off-site construction 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…

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,…