Competition to find new green
The Technology Strategy Board is to invest £4 million in collaborative research projects leading to the development of new green building materials. The Components and Materials for Low Impact Buildings competition is intended to stimulate the development of new materials to help meet targets for zero carbon and low water usage in new buildings.
This funding competition is the first activity of the new Low Impact Building Innovation Platform, which was launched by the Technology Strategy Board on 8 May. The Platform aims to enhance the construction industry's response to regulatory and procurement driven markets for lower environmental impact of buildings.
The Technology Strategy Board's investment will provide partial funding for winning projects, which must involve businesses working collaboratively with other businesses and/or with research organisations and academic institutions. The organisation will welcome applications for support that involve;
• The development of components or materials for green buildings (reduced energy and water usage, and reduced waste production) that meet consumer needs.
• Overcoming technical barriers and developing new processes for incorporating greener components and materials into buildings.
• Adapting components to make them compatible with greener building.
• Conversion of products already existing in different sectors to address the challenge of lowering the environmental impact of buildings.
Explaining the background to the competition, the Technology Strategy Board's Chief Executive, Iain Gray, said: "The Government has set clear targets to reduce net carbon emissions to zero for new houses from 2016, and for new non-domestic buildings by 2019. UK businesses that meet these exacting standards will be well placed to take advantage of the growing domestic and global demand for environmentally friendly buildings. This competition - which is just the first activity of the new Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform - focuses on the key area of components and materials "
The Technology Strategy Board is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB), established by the Government in 2007 and sponsored by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). The activities of the Technology Strategy Board are jointly supported and funded by DIUS and other Government Departments, the Devolved Administrations, Regional Development Agencies and Research Councils.
Further information about the competition, including the dates of briefing events and application deadline, is available at Components and materials for low impact buildings.
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