This competition is open to businesses from any sector with innovative proposals to improve the whole-life performance of buildings.
Proposals should involve research into new knowledge for developing products, processes or services intended for deployment during any stage of a building's lifecycle. Examples include:
• construction products
• whole-building solutions
• digital systems, perhaps associated with building information modelling (BIM)
• sensor and monitoring systems
• ways of improving occupant productivity
• circular business models
• assurance or investor products.
Proposals must follow at least one of three themes:
Stimulating customers to procure and manage better solutions
Examples might be:
• digital simulations of scenarios that enable customers to appreciate the benefits and value of better whole-life performance
• new business models or contracts for whole-life performance, such as product leasing or performance-based contracts that can improve investor confidence, reduce commercial risks and, potentially, reduce initial costs.
Improving a building's whole-life performance
Examples might be:
• solutions that extend performance life or remove the technical reasons for poor whole-life performance (as listed in the Background section on the previous page)
• re-engineered systems and processes that enable resources to be identified and reclaimed for re-use at end of life.
Evidence of whole-life performance
This could involve novel surveying methods or integrated monitoring and software systems that inform a business case for improvement.
In addressing at least one of these themes, applicants must make clear how their innovation supports the aims of this competition and which aspects of whole-life performance they are addressing. Refer to relevant standards and industry initiatives as necessary.
Applicants must also identify the type of client or building to which the innovation applies.
Successful proposals will have highlighted the likely impact of the innovation and how it will be financially sustainable. We are particularly keen to support innovations with high-value export potential.
Projects may involve research within one or more representative buildings. There is no formal requirement to include a building owner within a consortium but this might be useful for developing test cases.
The UK's research base has considerable expertise in the area of whole-life performance so we encourage businesses to collaborate with academic and research organisations, such as research and technology organisations (RTOs), the EPSRC's Innovation and Knowledge Centres (www.epsrc.ac.uk
) or the End Use Energy Demand Centres (www.eued.ac.uk
Innovations that do not work at building-scale are outside the scope of this competition. There are other Innovate UK competitions dedicated to city-scale and infrastructure asset innovations.
You can take advantage of our free-to-use Horizons tool horizons.innovateuk.org/ to develop your proposals.