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

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia

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

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

BAM Construction UK Nitesh Magdani
BAM Construction UK Jesse Putzel
Breathing Buildings Shaun Fitzgerald
Building Research
Establishment
Gillian Hobbs
Concrete Centre Guy Thompson
Construction Products
Association
Jane Thornback
Environment and Energy Alexander Reeve
Estate Management Brian Williams
ETECH student team André Paul Neto-
Bradley
ETECH student team Charles Ferguson
ETECH student team Francesca O'Hanlon
ETECH student team Socrates Angelides
FRR Architects Oliver Cooper
Granta Design Donna Dykeman
Granta Design Dave Cebon
Granta Design James Goddin
Grimshaw Architects Peter Swallow
Grimshaw Architects Radu Gidei
Healthy Power Alliance Nathaniel
Whitestone
HS2 Andrea Charlson
Company Name
London Waste and
Recycling Board
Philip Guthrie
Max Fordham Joel Gustafsson
Max Fordham Katie Doig
National Energy
Foundation
Kerry Mashford
Pollard Thomas Edwards Tom Dollard
SDC (Survey, Design and
Construction)
Simon Morrall
Smith and Wallwork Simon Smith
Steel Construction
Institute
Michael Sansom
Tarmac Colin Dowds
Tarmac Emma Hines
Tata Steel Alex Small
Travis Perkins Jez Cutler
University College London Kell Jones
University College London Colin Rose
University of Cambridge Jonathan Cullen
University of Cambridge Maximilian Bock
University of Cambridge Cyrille Dunant
University of Cambridge Michal Drewniok
University of Sheffield Danielle O Densley
Tingley
Wood for Good Christiane Lellig

Next steps and how to get involved

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