About BE-ST

Formerly Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, our new name reflects our commitment to the sector. Built Environment – Smarter Transformation is what we strive to help the whole industry embrace.

Our mission is to accelerate the built environment’s transition to zero carbon emissions.

‘Accelerate to Zero’ is our road map that we are building to ensure any problems posed by building or retrofitting to zero carbon standards have ready-made solutions in place.

Enabling transformational change.

We build teams that will solve the sector’s most pressing challenges. By tapping into the leading expertise of universities, colleges, research & other built environment experts, BE-ST provides the connections and culture to make big ideas a reality.

Our home is Scotland but our reach is global.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we work for the whole of the sector and we work with those who can help us to do that best. 

We work in a unique space between industry, academia and government to find the best outcomes for all.  The types of organisation we work with include: 

  • Architects, suppliers, contractors, developers, housebuilders
  • Industry leaders, policy makers and key stakeholders 
  • Scotland's universities and colleges
  • Professional bodies and trades associations
  • Funders
  • Skills bodies and providers
  • Local authorities and other public sector organisations 

Our Identity

BE-ST is the launchpad to a zero carbon built environment.

Our Vision

A better built environment that delivers inclusive and sustainable economic, social and environmental impact.

Our Mission

To accelerate the built environment’s transition to zero carbon.

Our Strategy

We provide the connections, infrastructure and culture needed to solve the sector’s most pressing challenges.

Our values

BE-ST is an ambitious organisation – we get things done and make change happen.

We operate in a sector which moves slowly and is extremely diverse so there will always be challenges to overcome and naysayers to convince. It’s our proactive mindset and attitude that will help us drive forward. It’s not what we say, but what we do that matters.

BE the connection

Bring people and organisations together.

BE open

Embrace inclusiveness and different opinions.

BE a challenger

Disrupt the status quo and stand out from the crowd.

BE a game changer

Lead the way and embrace a culture of transformation.

BE an innovator

Focus on solutions and discovering smarter ways.

Innovation Factory

Our unique £2.5million Innovation Factory near Hamilton is where we call home.

Advanced technology and specialist equipment can be used for prototyping, commercialisation and training purposes, alongside meeting and event spaces where we can come together to explore the future and learn.

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We are accelerating the built environment’s transition to zero carbon by 2045.

‘Accelerate to Zero’ is our sector-wide road map that ensures ready made, scalable solutions are available for any problems posed by building or retrofitting to zero carbon standards.