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Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)

The Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation in the School of the Built Environment (SoBE) is a vibrant and prolific centre of research excellence, recognised globally for our research impact and outcomes. The team is multi-disciplinary and is currently engaged in addressing complex socio-technical problems around informatics, innovation and energy consumption in the built environment. The research centre includes three major research groups:

Built Environment Informatics Research Group is focused on the development and transformation of the built environment through digital innovation and technologies; facilitated by the combinatory aspects of people, process, technology and information. The team incorporates a range of “state of the art” research areas dealing with visualisation and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Construction and Property Management Research Group encompasses our research strengths and critical mass in the issues encountered during conception, procurement, project execution, facilities management and end of life activities for Built Environment. 

Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group (ABERG) is focused on establishing an evidence base to better understand and address the issues of energy consumption in buildings. The team covers a wide range of disciplines including building performance, electrical engineering, construction management, design and social sciences.

Latest news

Mon 6 Mar 2017

As a researcher, sharing your work is essential to furthering the discussion, development and potentially even funding of your findings. The sheer quantity of guides available on “how to write” and “how to target X journal” perhaps signifying the impact of targeting the right place and the best audience for your research. Before reaching the stage of submitting in […]

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Mon 19 Dec 2016

The School of Built Environment’s Professor Jason Underwood wass an invited keynote alongside Chris Boardman, MBE and former British and Olympic cyclist, at an event organised by the global technology organisation Trimble Solutions/Tekla on 1st December. The event was focused  on the people aspect of collaboration and digital construction entitled “People Count – the culture of digital […]

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Mon 12 Dec 2016

Factory-built homes could help solve the UK’s housing crisis, construction expert Professor Mohammed Arif has told the BBC. Factory-built homes, also known as modular houses, have the capability to deliver homes fast, cheaper and have a final product which is more energy efficient, Arif, Professor of Sustainability and Process Management, said. The Professor in the […]

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Fri 11 Nov 2016

DIGITAL technology to ease the planning of Britain’s rail upgrades has won a national award for industry. The 4-D simulation developed with S&C South Alliance for Network rail scooped Most Outstanding Building Information Modelling project at the Constructing Excellence awards in London. Network Rail recently signed a new contract with the University to roll the […]

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Wed 17 Aug 2016

new research partnership between the University and global consultancy firm AECOM, which aims to boost understanding of the environmental impact of major infrastructure projects, has been announced. The organisations will jointly bid for and fund research on topics directly related to major infrastructure projects, such as the £1.86bn Mersey Gateway scheme. The research areas will […]

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Tue 9 Aug 2016

By Dr Chris Hewson, Impact Coordinator Upon its release last Thursday, the Twittersphere became the locus for a series of overlapping debates on Lord Nicholas Stern’s Review of the REF (see:#SternReview) [i]. This was heartening, chiming with my previous post ‘We need to talk about research impact (again)’ on the need for ‘robust discussions’; a […]

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