Built-Environment – Smarter Transformation, (hereinafter referred to as BE-ST”) has joined the Buildings Action Coalition (BAC) in partnership with the Enniscorthy Forum, other coalition members, and the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to support and advance the principles of high-performance in buildings and the built environment. Stephen Good, Chief Executive of BE-ST, and Barbara-Anne Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Enniscorthy Forum, signed the accession documents on the occasion of the first ministerial summit of the Enniscorthy Forum.
Stephen Good noted “BE-ST has been advancing the principles of high-performance buildings for many years. The memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme that has just been signed broadens our activities to a global scale with a focus on specific projects and programmes that will deliver tangible results quickly. We are pleased to join forces with the BAC both to offer our extensive experience and capabilities and to observe and learn from experiences around the world.”
Barbara-Anne Murphy observed that “We welcome BE-ST to the Buildings Action Coalition. BE-ST has been a leader in the transformation of the built environment to be high performing and we look forward to the organisation’s participation in our activities. We note the common objectives of meeting the climate challenge while delivering on quality of life across a broad range of indicators including health, resilience, and affordability in addition to energy and carbon efficiency. We plan to mobilise resources and disseminate knowledge, experience and best practices to transition towards high-performance buildings.”
BE-ST is Scotland’s national innovation centre for the built environment and one of Scotland’s seven innovation centres supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council and Scotland’s Enterprise Agencies.  BE-ST is advancing energy efficiency in the built environment through stakeholder education, practitioner training, research and demonstration, network building, policy implementation, and project technical assistance, and by raising or developing applicable resources and tools.
Formerly Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, BE-ST aims to accelerate the built environment’s transition to zero carbon through a range of innovation, R&D, knowledge exchange and service design initiatives. BE-ST delivers impact across four interlinked programme areas: Digital Transformation, Modern Methods of Construction, Sustainability and Retrofit, and is supercharging change that will help achieve its vision of a better built environment that delivers inclusive and sustainable economic, social and environmental impact for Scotland and the planet.