The UK Government is funding a £10 million competition that will demonstrate innovative energy efficient technologies for buildings.
The three-year competition will show how innovative technologies and processes can be used to make significant energy savings in non-domestic buildings such as schools, shops, offices and hotels.
The Invest in Innovative Refurb programme will introduce new energy efficient technologies and processes to the refurbishment of non-domestic buildings, with the aim of reducing energy use in the existing building stock.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “The Invest in Innovative Refurb programme will show how we can cut energy use and reduce carbon emissions from our offices, schools, shops and hotels by introducing innovative technologies and products which could ultimately be accredited under the Green Deal. Non domestic buildings generate 18 per cent of the UK’s total carbon emissions and around two thirds of our current building stock will still be standing in 2050. If we are to meet our energy and climate targets it is vital that we reduce energy demand and carbon emissions from this sector.”
The programme will include a period of post installation, independently evaluated, in-use performance monitoring and then a further period for dissemination of the results and outputs. The desired outcome of the programme is to assist a host of companies attain Green Deal Certification, and gain a market, for their products.
The programme will be managed by the Technology Strategy Board in partnership with the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Through a SBRI competition for funding – which opens at the end of April – building owners or occupiers, working with technology suppliers, will be invited to submit proposals to introduce innovative energy efficient technologies that can achieve significant energy savings and reductions in CO2 emissions.
Find out more about the Invest in Innovative Refurb competition.