The Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE) project brings Welsh academics and industry together to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with the built environment.

The programme targets the built environment sector at all scales, from component to building to region. It also includes all stages of the built environment process, from planning through design and construction to operation.

New and existing buildings have been considered, and the performance of different building related technologies have been monitored. In addition, the process of innovation, technology deployment and market development were also examined.

Research from the 7 LCBE Work Package themes has led to the creation of the LCBE Test Systems project (Work Package 0), launched in September 2013, which will in turn feed into related current projects SBED and SOLCER.

The Low Carbon Built Environment project is part of the Low Carbon Research Institute.

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Systems Approach to Housing Retrofit Showcase

  on Monday, 10th November, 2014 - 9:31 am

The LCBE/SOLCER team held a ‘Systems Approach to Housing Retrofit’ event on 30th September 2014 at Bryn Community Centre in Neath Port Talbot. The event was attended by energy management consultants, engineers, building control surveyors,...

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The New LCS Test Centre

  on Friday, 31st October, 2014 - 9:52 am

Site works for the Low Carbon Build Environment (LCBE) test centre began in October 2014 with a scheduled build of 16 weeks. The aim of the Low Carbon Systems (LCS) Test Centre, is to create a near zero carbon dwelling at an affordable cost. The...

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LCRI Heads to China

  on Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 - 3:00 pm

In March 2014, Professor Phil Jones, Chair of the LCRI, travelled to China on a 9 day tour, as part of the Wales in China trade delegation, which included the Welsh School of...

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LCBE Case Study: Welsh Timber Industry

  on Thursday, 1st May, 2014 - 4:50 pm

The Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE) project is part of the Low Carbon Research Institute. This research theme, based within the Welsh School of Architecture, has looked at the built environment sector, from planning through design and construction...

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Scenario Modelling team head North and South

  on Friday, 1st November, 2013 - 4:48 pm

This autumn saw the Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) Scenario Modelling team present their research at two workshops in north and south Wales, which attracted a total of over 70 delegates across the two days. The workshops, entitled “Developing...

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LCBE September Seminars

  on Thursday, 15th August, 2013 - 9:40 am

As part of the final stage of the LCRI’s LCBE project, the work packages hosted a series of events and workshops in September to showcase their research. The project looked at the built environment sector at all scales, from component to building...

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LED there be light!

  on Thursday, 1st August, 2013 - 4:30 pm

LCBE’s Work Package 2 is researching LED technology, and working towards developing high efficiency lighting solutions. Lighting accounts for some 20% of world energy usage, however current lighting efficiencies are generally still low. LED technology...

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LCBE and WEST Host Energy Modelling Workshop

  on Monday, 1st July, 2013 - 4:29 pm

LCRI’s LCBE and WEST teams will be hosting an Energy Modelling for a Low Carbon Built Environment Workshop, on Wednesday 12 June, at the Welsh School of Architecture, Bute Building in Cardiff University. The workshop will present the LCBE’s Energy...

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SBEC turns two in March

  on Monday, 18th March, 2013 - 2:00 pm

LCBE’s Sustainable Building Envelope Centre (SBEC) celebrated its second anniversary in March 2013. The SBEC centre, based in Tata Steel’s Shotton works in North Wales, was unveiled in 2011. It was constructed with funding from the LCRI, Welsh...

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