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Funding boost for construction research

9 Sep 13 The Technology Strategy Board is investing £60m into a construction research programme.

Funding for boffins
Funding for boffins

The money is going to the Low Impact Building Innovation Platform, which funds projects aiming to reduce construction times, improve quality and make buildings more efficient.

The projects are expected to leverage in an additional £60m of industry investment and £30m extra funding from across government and other agencies.

Over the last five years the Technology Strategy Board has invested £83m of funding through the Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform. This has been supported by industry investment of £34m.

Technology Strategy Board director of innovation programmes David Bott said: “The government’s challenging target of an 80 per cent reduction in the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 called for innovation on a grand scale. We’ve been astounded by the enthusiasm with which the projects we’ve funded, through our Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform, have grasped that challenge.

“The resulting new, innovative techniques for both building new, energy efficient homes and for refurbishing existing homes to similar standards have achieved often startling carbon footprint reductions and have the potential to help drive economic growth in this sector.

“We’re already identifying the most commercially viable solutions from this programme for further trails at scale, through our ‘Scaling Up Retrofit of the Nations Homes’ initiative and groundbreaking collaborations such as the AIMC4 project.”

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