Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform - New Home!

9th Feb 2015: We have a new home! For all new information please go to our new URL. 



This page will remain active for a few months while we move content to the new site.


The Technology Strategy Board has invested >£31.5m in 378 projects through the Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform since its launch in May 2008. In addition the Technology Strategy Board has funded projects on Smart Meters smart homes, Ultra Efficient Lighting, High value manufacturing and Advanced materials on low impact buildings topic. You can download an overview ot the Low Imact Buildings Innovation Platfrom brochure or visit TSB website for further details.

Click here to view the full list of almost 400 buildings related projects worth > £40m, currently funded by the Technology Strategy Board.


TSB Investment on Built Environment Topic

Retrofit for the Future
Retrofit for the Future has triggered various retrofit initiatives, both public and private, across the UK.

Retrofit for the Future catalysed the retrofit of over 100 homes across the UK, with an ambition of achieving an 80% reduction in the in-use CO2 emissions of each property.  Download Retrofit revealed: the Retrofit for the Future Projects - data analysis report, which summarises the data analysis and provides a qualitative assessment of the final reports produced by Retrofit for the Future project teams. It contains valuable and practical findings for anyone planning a retrofit project.

Building Performance Evaluation
This £8m competition supports companies in their evaluation of the performance of case study buildings they design, build, own and/or operate. This will help builders and developers to deliver more efficient, better performing buildings. So far the TSB have funded 18 projects on domestic and non domestic buildings. This competition was open quarterly for new applications in 8 rounds until Spring 2013. Further information is available on the Building Performance Evaluation discussion forum.

Design for Future Climate (26 funded in 2010 competition, opens again summer 2011)
This £5m competition aims to raise skills and demand for climate change adaptation services through developing climate change adaptation strategies for named UK buildings. In summer 2010 we funded strategies for 26 high quality building projects that have a combined value of £2.7bn. Through this funding The TSB are supporting adaptation work in 120 companies and 9 local authority clients.
The TSB ran another funding competition on Design for Future Climate in summer 2011. Further information on this is available on the Design for Future Climate discussion forum.

Components and Materials
The 7 projects funded in Dec 2008 through the components and materials competition (we provided £3.7m joint with EPSRC) have had some exciting outcomes. For example Ty Unnos is a new house building system using locally grown timber for structural components, despite it's relatively low strength, through a clever laminating process. You can read the case study on demonstrator building on the BRE Welsh site at Ebbw Vale.

Design and Decision Tools
In early 2010 we provided £4.8m (inc £888k from EPSRC) of funding to 14 projects, click here for the press release detailing the winners. They are a broad range of solutions that cover the full project lifecycle, consider embodied carbon and support a collaborative design process. They have the potential to inform and support key decision makings as designers develop lower impact buildings. The projects vary from 18months to 3 years in length and are well underway.

AIMC4 is a consortium that includes three housebuilders who account for nearly 20% of the housing market. The intention of this £3.4m project is to deliver homes that attain Code Level 4, but without the use of renewable technologies i.e. fabric-led solutions. The target is to be delivered cost effectively, so they can be delivered main stream. In early summer the AIMC4 consortium held successful supplier sandpit sessions to attract innovation within the industry. The project will culminate in building and testing for code 4 accreditation several homes on 3 commercial developments.

User centred design
The four projects funded started on 1st Sept 2010, see further details here. We matched industry contributions with £1.28m in grant funding, including £300k from EPSRC. The projects to develop novel products and services will help reduce energy consumption in offices, schools, hospitals and other non-domestic building across the UK. They will look at how the demand for energy in non-domestic buildings could be reduced through encouraging changes in people's behaviour and by designing energy-related technology and services that are more user-friendly. The projects are expected to finish by March 2013.

Energy Efficient Whitehall
This SBRI competition is enabling suppliers to demonstrate innovative energy efficient refits of Whitehall buildings. The remit was to deliver solutions with good energy and carbon savings, with minimal disruption, and with potential for replication across the government estate and private buildings. Following the initial application selection process, the TSB invited the successful applicants to visit the four Whitehall buildings, and from this received 17 proposed solutions. 14 of these were invited to present their proposals to Technology Strategy Board, independent assessors, and the building stakeholders. The TSB are funding nine projects totaling £1.5m, further details are availabe on the TSB website or here.