BE-ST is the launchpad to a zero carbon built environment.
We provide the connections, infrastructure and culture needed to solve the sector’s most pressing challenges. We bring together world-class academia, government bodies and industry at all levels to future-proof the commercial and environmental road forward for our sector.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we're connected to over 50,000 businesses, organisations and individuals in the built environment ecosystem.
We can help your organisation:
Develop new products, business models and services
Access funding streams
Explore advanced equipment at our Innovation Factory
Create scalable solutions to industry challenges
Enhance knowledge and skills
We work in 5 component areas:
Skills & competency development
Research and development
Adoption of innovation
Commercialisation of new products and services (and models)
We connect all players, knowledge and resources in the sector to solve challenges. We use the power of our expansive connected ecosystem to create the platform for higher value green jobs, innovative business models and better societal outcomes.
It’s also the way that we do things:
Our secret ingredients are our team, culture, assets, systems, processes, network and platform.
Yes. We work with anyone interested in accelerating to zero. We have something to offer for all businesses large or small.
SMEs, micro business and those learning in the sector can benefit from skills and knowledge exchange, directly through us or through our network, and also from the work we do with their clients, customers and suppliers, policy makers, professional and trades associations to create opportunities for all.
We charge for some services but ultimately we look at ways to add value through collaboration.
We have charged services such as our specialist equipment and event and meeting space in our factory.
We have free services such as events, training and access to knowledge
We work across a range of stakeholders to create funding opportunities. This can be with industry and/or the public sector to develop scalable solutions that will benefit the sector and help in our mission.
We’ve been the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre for eight years and in that time, the things we’ve been asked by our industry, academic and public sector partners to support and be part of have evolved, so we needed a new brand that better reflects who we are today and most importantly, where we’re going tomorrow.
Yes, it’s an unconventional name. But we wanted something that focussed on our purpose, not our organisation.
It’s a rallying call representing our collective ambition – we’re building a movement and an ethos we hope everyone will want to be part of.
We know the acronym is best. But it’s not about us thinking we’re the best. It’s about us all working together to do our best, to find the best ideas, the best approaches and the best solutions.