BUILT ENVIRONMENT

 Construction | Technologies | Engineering

 

Challenges for New Anglia include a growing and aging population, rapid urbanisation, new customer trends, changing infrastructure demands and more stringent environmental regulation, however these pressures are also creating new innovation opportunities for jobs and businesses.

Whilst this has led to a demand for more housing, another challenge is reducing the negative environmental impacts caused by buildings. With the UNEP identifying that the building and building construction industry represents around one-quarter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, we must focus on sustainable, low carbon buildings.

 

WHERE THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT MATTERS

HOUSING SHORTAGE

New Anglia, like most of the UK, is facing a major housing shortage, New Anglia LEP are planning to build 117,000 new houses by 2026 to combat this. However, with residential energy use representing 15% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions, there is increasing pressure to consider carbon reduction during the concept, design and construction of buildings.

SMART HOMES

Optimising the IoT and using new technologies can enable us to be more efficient with domestic and commercial energy use. IoT adoption continues to progress,  allowing objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure by businesses. The uses of smartphones are constantly evolving, the next use of mobile devices is to control your homes with them to live in a smart home.

 

REDUCING CONSUMPTION

Around one third of global final energy consumption is used in Buildings and Buildings Construction. It is estimated that greener buildings, lower in carbon emissions, can result in a decrease of 70% in waste output. With housing demand at a high in the UK and globally, we must rethink how to manage our built environment.

 

SECTOR LANDSCAPE

Through the link on the right you can access an online business map of the companies within the Built Environment sector, spanning across Norfolk and Suffolk.