02-04 March 2021 / ExCeL, London
Tue & Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thu 10:00 – 16:00

Big Innovation Pitch Challenges and Criteria

Big Innovation Pitch Challenges and Criteria

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Align your brand with the biggest challenges facing the built environment

The Big Innovation Pitch will be the built environment’s largest open call for innovation yet. The call will search for true solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing our industry.

BIPThe Industry challenges will be addressed:

  • Buildings challenge: retrofitted, re-used, net positive and built to perform
  • Offsite challenge: reliability and efficiency combined with creative placemaking
  • Interiors challenge:  sustainable and health promoting
  • Resourceful Materials challenge: thinking circular to reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Energy challenge: accurate data for carbon accounting and reduced clean energy usage
  • Critical Infrastructure challenge: delivering integrated green, grey, blue and social infrastructure

The judging panel will narrow down entries down six innovations per challenge. We will then invite the shortlist to day one of Futurebuild, where they will be able to live pitch on each of the Keynote Stages. The six innovators on each stage will battle it out become a finalist.

The six finalists will return on day two to pitch again on the Conference Arena, in front of a larger audience, with the panel of judges determining the overall winner.

Detailed below are the criteria's for each of the challenges.

Buildings Challenge: retrofitted, re-used, net positive & built to perform

We are looking for innovative solutions to meet our grand challenges around buildings.  How can we ensure that our buildings and homes meet all our future needs of changing demographics, climate, energy reduction, biodiversity, building safety, health & wellbeing and new economic models.

Achieving a single challenge is no longer enough, we are looking for innovations that either on their own can meet multiple challenges or in combination with others help solve these differing aims.

Innovations must be holistic, and help make homes and buildings;

  • Mitigate the impact upon climate change
  • Make the most of new economic models, from green finance to data, to new methods of construction
  • To meet anticipated regulations, including Future Homes Standard and updated Part L and F
  • Resilient to climate change
  • Suitable for all, with our changing demographics
  • Positively impact our biodiversity

Offsite challenge: reliability and efficiency combined with creative placemaking

We are looking for Innovative methods of construction such as built-offsite homes are often viewed sceptically in a traditional home market, though offsite processes should be a solution to help the UK housing crisis with the speed and efficiency in which homes can be built.

Through offering Standards and third-party certification schemes there is an opportunity to demonstrate to homeowners, mortgage lenders, insurers and the like that offsite construction can be built quickly, but also reliably and be a nice place to live.

In a housing market driven by aesthetics as much as compliance with regulations, manufacturers and architects will design each project to be slightly different to the previous one. This should not be seen as a barrier to innovation but through standards that are not specific to individual design there is an opportunity to demonstrate performance of the buildings. How can we ensure that modules that are delivered to site fault-free, be installed effectively, comply with regulation, whilst being comfortable places to inhabit and still be individual?

Interiors challenge: sustainable and health promoting

We are looking for innovative solutions that will help promote sustainable and healthy solutions in interior refurbishment for where we work and where we live.

The health and wellbeing of people is increasingly recognised as being of importance by the building owners or managers. According to the World Health Organisation, stress related illnesses will become the primary cause of sickness by 2020. HSE estimate that 15.4 million working days were lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18. As we spend 90% of our time indoor, it is important to provide interior fit out solutions that will support a better place

The proposed innovation will demonstrate how it can contribute to improve the health and wellbeing of the occupants in an office or home environment.

Where we work and where we live are refurbished very regularly and therefore the solution must consider the environmental impact throughout its life is therefore very important in the context of climate change.

Resourceful Materials challenge: thinking circular to reduce, reuse & recycle

We are looking for innovative solutions to reduce the need for new material resources in the built environment – through waste prevention, dematerialisation and circular economy thinking.

Of the estimated 200 MT of resources going into the UK built environment each year, around 80% are from primary sources, thus contributing to global impacts of biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions and resource depletion. Considering that 60% of waste is also coming from construction related sources, there is plenty of room for improvement.

The proposed innovation should demonstrate one or more of: reducing material consumption (such as using less material to achieve same/better performance), making better use of existing resources (such as reusing products, remanufacturing or higher quality recycling), new business models to support better resource outcomes (such as products as a services or sharing economy), and designing for the future (such as design for disassembly, adaptability, future reuse etc.)

Proposed solutions should provide information on cost, technical and environmental performance compared to current market equivalents. Those that focus on recycling should also provide evidence of being innovative in the context of many existing recycled products/ recycling technologies.

Energy challenge: accurate data for carbon accounting & reduced clean energy usage

We are looking for innovative solutions to accelerate the delivery of commitments to near zero energy use in buildings by 2050, drive more energy efficient, lower carbon and energy buildings while fostering the integration of novel and renewable energy solutions to address energy needs and the role of big data in informing the landscape of future building energy trends.

Energy consumption in buildings accounts for 40% of the energy usage in the UK. There is a huge potential to reduce energy use and environmental impact from buildings whilst reducing costs and increasing the quality of construction by, first and foremost, making buildings more energy efficient followed by the adoption of smart technologies that reduce the mismatch between supply and demand as a key barrier for embracing low carbon technology and alternative energy sources.

While much of the focus for improving building energy performance focuses on new buildings, as 80% of the building that will be in use in 2050 already exist, we are especially -but not only- interested in innovative solutions that address those challenges in the existing building stock with an emphasis on trusted, low-risk interventions that robustly deliver the expected results, reduce the performance gap, encourage consumers to take more control over their energy consumption and enable digitalisation and utilisation of energy data.

Proposed solutions should provide information on cost, technical and environmental performance compared to current market equivalents. Those that focus on existing buildings should also demonstrate how user acceptability and robust delivery for a trusted result have been considered.

Critical Infrastructure challenge: delivering integrated green, grey, blue & social infrastructure

The infrastructure sector is a critical enabler to delivering public services, whether that be transport, energy or water As a result the need for it to be resilient to all manner of threats, not just extreme weather, but also wider natural hazards and intentional threats is critical.

The sector is also responsible for about half of our carbon emissions. It therefore has a key role to play in delivering carbon reduction. However, over 95% of the infrastructure that we will have in 2050 already exists, so as well as innovative solutions to reduce carbon in new build we need rapid innovation to deliver solutions to reduce carbon emissions of existing infrastructure networks.

In addition infrastructure networks interact widely and regularly with the natural environment. Construction activity is often a significant cause of habitat destruction. How can infrastructure deliver innovative solutions that will enable significant increases in ecological enhancement in the construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure?

Shortlist to be announced soon

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