• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Investment of up to £4m in collaborative R&D to stimulate innovation in the field of energy management for existing buildings.

  • Programme: Collaborative research and development

  • Award: Up to £4m

  • Opens: 14 Oct 2013, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 20 Nov 2013, 12:00

  • Closes: 27 Nov 2013, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Future energy management for buildings

Competition results

The results of this competition are now available; see the PDF of the winning project proposals.


The Technology Strategy Board and the Research Councils' UK Energy Programme are to invest up to £4m in collaborative R&D to stimulate innovation in the field of energy management for existing buildings. 
The aim of this competition is to advance significantly the capabilities of UK businesses so that they can capture a greater share of growing UK and global markets. 
Consortia must be collaborative and led by a business. They should include at least one business that provides solutions for energy management, such as technology providers, building/facility/energy managers or engineers. We are also encouraging consortia to include a potential customer for their energy management innovation and, where appropriate, researchers from relevant academic or research organisations. 
The majority of funding will be allocated to proposals for industrial research attracting funding of up to 60% of project costs, although elements of experimental development (attracting funding of up to 35%) are expected in some cases. 
We expect projects to range in total size from £300k to £1m, although we may consider projects outside this range. 
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 14 October 2013. Applicants must register by noon on 20 November 2013. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 27 November 2013
A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 23 October 2013
This competition includes the option of free access to design mentors in the early stages of developing projects. See The Design Option panel (below) for details. 


UK businesses are well placed to develop energy management solutions for buildings for customers in the UK and globally. The UK is the sixth largest supplier of energy management systems, with £2.8bn of UK sales, and £0.34bn of exports. 
This establishes a strong base to take advantage of the market for energy management, which is predicted to grow globally at 10% a year over the next decade, while the smart-energy solutions market is expected to grow at 30% annually in the EU. 
The energy management market has conventionally been driven by the affordability of energy and, more recently, by requirements for building owners to report on the associated carbon emissions. 
In addition, there are new drivers emerging that will provide UK businesses with an ‘early mover' advantage in the UK market and globally: 
  • the Smart Metering Implementation Programme will involve the replacement or upgrading of more than 53 million electricity and gas meters in the UK between 2015 and 2020 in domestic and other buildings; allowing users to receive additional energy management services via a ‘consumer access device' 
  • by 2018 minimum energy performance standards will drive investment by landlords in improving the energy rating of leased buildings 
  • financial incentives for electricity demand reduction, which the Department for Energy and Climate Change is planning to pilot in 2014, is expected to open up a market for smart electricity management for real-time response to peak loads 
  • the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme will by 2015 require larger firms to report on energy audits at least every four years 
  • building owners and tenants are starting to specify smart solutions for energy management that dovetail with data from building information modelling, Soft Landings and lifecycle facilities information management 
  • remote monitoring, diagnostics and control of appliances and systems within buildings is increasingly possible using internet-enabled devices and low-cost dense sensor networks 
  • owners of commercial buildings can benefit if their building is seen to be a high-quality, low-energy/carbon building with low operational costs, making it commercially more attractive to tenants and more easily let.

The Design Option

We are offering potential applicants the option of free access to design mentors in the early stages of developing projects. We call this the Design Option. Our intention is to help businesses to embed design at the start of a project. This could lead to better projects, better business outcomes and considerable time and cost savings. 
Design that improves the way a user or building occupant experiences an energy management product is particularly relevant, including: 
  • the user/product interface 
  • aesthetic qualities
  • user acceptability, desirability and convenience 
  • how feedback is given to users.
Applicants interested in taking up the Design Option can request it from 30 August. This is a limited offer, with a maximum of 40 awards to be made on a ‘first come, first served' basis so companies are advised to make their requests early. The offer closes after 4 October or when all 40 awards are made, whichever is sooner. 
Full details are available at:


The goal is to create new commercially viable ways to reduce overall energy consumption in existing buildings through improved energy management systems. Innovations may take many forms, including hardware, software or process solutions. 
While this is not an exhaustive list, key themes include: 
  • systems for identifying poor energy performance, diagnosing the reasons, visualising the analysis, proposing intelligent solutions and forecasting performance improvements 
  • energy management systems that can be more simply installed and commissioned in existing buildings, clusters of buildings or across a portfolio of buildings 
  • combining energy management systems with other smart capabilities valued by customers, such as measuring real-time energy use alongside space-use efficiency or productivity. Other suitable combinations might lead to energy management that accounts for resource efficiency and climate change resilience 
  • systems that facilitate new collaborations on energy management between multiple stakeholders, for instance, by integrating and resolving the differing requirements of landlord and tenant in a leased or multioccupancy building 
  • systems that overcome the uncertainty of achieving forecasted energy savings, for instance, through real-time monitoring and verification 
  • other innovations, driven by market needs, for energy management in existing buildings. 
The project exploitation plan needs to show how participants will take the outcomes and capture of a share of the UK or overseas market for energy management.
Areas that are out of scope and will not be funded under this competition include: 
  • rolling out and demonstrating existing knowledge or technologies 
  • technologies that improve the energy efficiency of individual systems in the building but are not involved in measuring or managing overall energy consumption 
  • energy management solutions that can only be installed in new constructions or through major refurbishment works. 

Funding allocation and project details

Up to £4m has been allocated to fund collaborative R&D projects that address the technical challenges outlined in the scope. The £4m comprises £3m from the Technology Strategy Board and £1m from the Research Councils' UK Energy Programme (RCUKEP). 
We expect projects to range in size from £300k to £1m. We may consider larger projects but applicants should contact us directly before making their application to discuss further. Projects should last from one to three years.
Consortia must be collaborative and led by a business. They must include at least one business that provides solutions for energy management, such as technology providers, building/facility/energy managers or engineers. Consortia are also encouraged to include a customer for energy management, such as a building owner, landlord or occupant. 
Successful project participants can attract grant funding towards their eligible project costs. The percentage of costs awarded varies, depending on the type of research being carried out and the type of organisations involved. 
The majority of funding will be allocated to proposals for industrial research attracting funding of up to 60% of project costs, although elements of experimental development (attracting funding of up to 35%) are expected in some cases. 
See general guidance on how Technology Strategy Board projects are funded. 
We encourage consortia to include researchers from appropriate academic and research organisations; the UK has considerable depth of knowledge in this field that business can draw on for commercialisation. 
Consortia partners from academia or research and technology organisations will be eligible for funding by the RCUKEP – up to 80% of the relevant full economic cost – for research within the remit of ‘End Use Energy Demand (EUED) in Buildings'. For more information go to: www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/ourportfolio/researchareas/Pages/energyefficiency.aspx 
Consortia that involve only academic partners should refer to the separate call being run by RCUKEP, entitled ‘Energy Management in Non-Domestic Buildings', which can be found at: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/Pages/calls.aspx

Looking for partners to work on your project? 


Application process

This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 14 October 2013. 
Stage 1 – Applicants submit an expression of interest which is assessed. 
Stage 2 – We invite selected applicants to submit an application. 
All applicants must first register via our website by noon on 20 November 2013. The deadline for expressions of interest is noon 27 November 2013. The second stage deadline for invited applications is at noon on 23 January 2014
Applications are assessed on individual merit by an independent panel of experts. 
A briefing for applicants will be held in London on 23 October 2013 to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process. Applicants are strongly recommended to attend this event. 
The Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network is organising other supporting activities. Go to https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/modernbuiltktn for further information. 

More information

To apply for this competition you must first register with us. 
When you register you will get access to all the supporting information you need to read before you apply, including the Guidance for Applicants and the application form. 


As part of the application process all applicants are asked to submit a public description of the project. This should adequately describe the project but not disclose any information that may impact on intellectual property, is confidential or commercially sensitive.
The titles of successful projects, names of organisations, amounts awarded and the public description will be published once the award is confirmed as final. Information about unsuccessful project applications will remain confidential and will not be made public. 
E-mail pressoffice@tsb.gov.uk with any queries. 

Key dates

  • Brokering workshop by Modern Built Environment KTN: 27 September 2013
  • Competition opens for applications: 14 October 2013
  • Briefing and consortium building event: 23 October 2013 
  • Queries webinar by Modern Built Environment KTN: 11 November 2013 
  • Registration deadline: 20 November 2013 noon 
  • Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline: 27 November 2013 noon 
  • Stage 2 opens (for invited applicants): 16 December 2013 
  • Deadline for invited applications: 23 January 2013 noon