With the construction innovation consortium (CWIC, BE-ST formerly CSIC, CITB), we developed VBEE (Virtual Building Element Environment). The VBEE is a strand of CONVERT, the biggest immersive project in the construction industry benefiting over 8000 learners across the UK, valued at over £2 million. Our virtual solution to reduce carbon footprint in new builds allows interaction and digital learning in both VR and standalone desktop app, enabling sustainable construction at every learning stage. The VBEE challenges users to make sustainable choices in builds, guided by the AI guide C.R.A.I.G.
The construction industry is responsible for 36% of final energy use and 39% of energy and process-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, meaning the sustainable future of construction will be set by younger generations entering the industry. So, the main goal of the VBEE (part of CONVERT) is to widen participation and educate young people about career opportunities and what these might look like in a future that considers sustainability as a key priority. Educating younger generations about sustainable methods can change the course of the industry, creating a workforce aware of climate change’s effects.
Hosted by AIXR (The Academy of International Extended Reality), the independent not-for-profit trade body for the immersive industry, the VR Awards celebrates outstanding achievement in the virtual reality industry.
Attendees include some of the biggest names in VR and offers a night of entertainment and celebration, looking back on the previous year of achievement. It’s the time of the year to celebrate talented VR creatives and professionals on their outstanding projects.
In this sense, it’s an honour to be among such talented VR and XR professionals for this occasion. We’re excited to see what innovation will bring this year, so many promising projects and solutions.