Press Release - Greener Buildings - By Design

16 Apr 2009

  • Technology Strategy Board to fund the development of new design and decision support tools for building designers.
  • Better tools will enable designers to help deliver "zero carbon" buildings in the UK.
  • £4 million funding available for innovative proposals.

The organisation that has been created to drive technological innovation in the UK, the Technology Strategy Board, is to make £4 million available to British companies so that they can develop design and decision solutions to help construct greener buildings

The £4 million funding competition will focus on the development, enhancement and integration of building design and decision tools to help achieve the government's tough target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from buildings by 2050

Speaking at the launch of the competition today, Dr Kerry Mashford, lead technologist at the Technology Strategy Board, said: "We cannot meet our environmental targets without dramatically reducing carbon emissions from buildings.  These account for 45% of the UK's total carbon emissions and to make greener buildings we must close the loop between building design, operation and performance, ensuring that the best guidance is available during the critical process of building design.

"New design and decision tools are required to help designers predict how buildings will perform when in use, and to support the construction and operation of buildings.  At present, designers cannot easily predict the impact of alternative design decisions on building performance, and the likely carbon cost of each option" she added, "We would like to improve dramatically the access to good, integrated design tools by professionals designers, including the many working in small practices and as sole traders.  Improving support for design decisions, particularly in the conceptual phase, will have a significant impact on the performance of the final building."

The Technology Strategy Board hopes that funding proposals will be put forward that will help to develop:

- Tools that provide dramatically better guidance of design decisions to deliver ‘zero carbon' and low impact buildings;

- Tools that enable designers to make better decisions at every stage of the design process;

- Significantly improved accessibility to design and decision tools for all practicing designers.

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Please click this link to see the competition flyer - Design and Decision Tools for Low Impact Buildings

 

Last updated on Monday 02 August 2010 at 12:02

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