Resource Efficiency in Construction and the Built Environment (RE-C-BE) seeks to explore answers the question: how can the built environment deliver future energy and material services, while at the same time reducing resource use and environmental impact? RECBE provides a regular forum for academics, designers, engineers, contractors and policy makers to explore these ideas, to formulate novel solutions, and collaborate together on research and implementation projects.

Jonathan Cullen 2017

Sectors of activity
Buildings and construction, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Start date
22/08/2016

End date
10/01/2018

Shared by

Maximilian Bock

Post-Doctoral Researcher

University of Cambridge

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Objectives

Nearly half of the UK’s carbon emission are linked to the construction and operation of the
built environment, and this figure excludes the embodied carbon in the materials used in
construction. The challenge to reduce emissions from the built environment is immense:
buildings have long lives locking in use-phase performance over generations; new build
rates are at only 1% per year compared to the existing building stock requiring difficult
retrofit options; design and construction processes are complex involving numerous
materials, products, trades and decisions. And all the while, consumers continue to
demand higher levels of service provision from the built environment.
RECBE responds to these challenges by seeking to answer the question: how can the built
environment deliver future energy and material services, while at the same time reducing
resource use and environmental impact? RECBE provides a regular forum for academics,
designers, engineers, contractors and policy makers to explore these ideas, to formulate
novel solutions, and collaborate together on research and implementation projects.

Activities

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No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

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Next steps and how to get involved

Contact
Jonathan Cullen
jmc99@cam.ac.uk
+44 7879116817
www.refficiency.cam.ac.uk