Built Environment Society is a student-led society. We offer a platform where you can start your own projects relating to the built environment or join one which has already started.


Learn, Lead and Innovate Together!


Mission Statement

A society for those interested in student-led activities relating to the Built Environment, enriching and enhancing their student experience and engaging with industry: 

  • exploring the complexities of the built environment,
  • exploring the latest research into innovative building technologies,
  • developing skills and sharing knowledge relating to the process of sustainable construction,
  • undertaking collaborative projects with international and community-based charities, aiming at progressing our responsibilities to future generations.


Current Projects

  • Zero Carbon Framework:  ZCF is a student lead initiative providing certified extra-credit activities for architects, engineers, surveyors, and all other built environment professions. ZCF offers a choice of three depths of learning:
    Level 1: Zero Carbon Aware ( for all students, 20 Hours ZCF CPD Certificate)
    Level 2: Zero Carbon Skilled (for ZC designers/builders)
    Level 3: Zero Carbon Expert (for ZC Software specialists)
  • Ashton Court Volunteering Project: Ashton court is currently managed by ArtSpace to open up the mansion house to the public while decisions are being made on its long term future. The BES student team will first evaluate the building through historical research and will then undertake a plan-dimensional survey to build a  physical model that can then be used by ArtSpace for future projects, proposals and fundraising.
  • UWE Sustainability Plan Review: A research project aiming to find out if UWE is as sustainable as it claims to be. The objective is to have our study published in BABEL by the end of the second term, offering a critical and detailed review.



Projects Workshops





Ideas Workshops: Ideas for projects are proposed and discussed at the Ideas Workshops and anyone thinking of getting involved with BES projects is welcome to join us.

Projects Workshops: Every Tuesday for the first 6 weeks of each semester, at 5 pm-6.30 pm, 3R003. Feel free to come along and find out more. 

The BES Project Framework aims to help members to participate in a range of activities, where students take ownership of the learning, develop additional skills and work with people from outside their discipline. BES can streamline the administration process of dealing with the SU and the University, giving advice on funding, insurances, risk assessment, public relations and sourcing academic mentors, freeing up the time of members to concentrate on their core project objectives.



Previous Ideas

  • Build Away Borders: Nepal – Year 3 of this successful project saw students focus on the post-earthquake rebuilding of areas of Nepal. They raised awareness exchanged knowledge and carried out various activities.
  • Passiv-Haus: The team looked at entering with a low-carbon design into the UK Passiv-Haus conference.
  • Thermal lab: This project examined the practical hands-on activities that can help designers become more aware of the science that underpins building operation. The project involved an examination of the design process of UWE’s new Engineering Building, currently underway.
  • Real Estate Society: Joint project on social housing.
  • Occupational Therapy Society: Joint project on Inclusive design for the physically impaired.
  • Eco-Pod: The team built an outdoor classroom and designed outreach activities for students. 
  • Wellness Hub Project: The team looked at creating an art community to help improve the well-being of students and provide a unique space on Campus to "zone out" from the standard student life, relax and meet new people. 
  • Sustainable Water project: This project was a comparative study of the permeability of urban fabric and water management in buildings in Bristol and Hong Kong.