ECCI and TSB team up to present 'Invest in Innovative Refurbishment' seminar

18 October 2012

ECCI teamed up with the Technology Strategy Board to launch the next round of funding under the Invest in Innovative Refurbishment programme (funded by DECC to the tune of £10m in total).

Innovators, business people, consultants and academics joined the seminar held at the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Edinburgh Napier University.  The purpose of the event was to inspire delegates to collaborate on bids for the funding. ECCI previously assisted with a bid from Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association into the first round of funding.

As well as presentations from Emma Owen of DECC and Mark Wray of TSB, we had a case study from the Castle Rock Edinvar project which is currently funded by TSB at the feasibility stage and features Adam Dudley Architects’ Thermal Shield system and Tantallon Systems’ Energy Fusion system, which between them minimise heat loss through the building fabric, and energy wastage through improved control.  

We also heard a case study on a completed refurbishment project – Scotstoun House – from Arup (Wayne Butler) and Haa Design (Gillian Lockyer), which had a thorough approach to sustainability, energy efficiency, carbon emissions, and revitalising a tired building.  Julio Bros Williamson of the Scottish Energy Centre discussed monitoring and evaluation, and the session concluded with a few short pitches from delegates on the relevance of the funding call to them.

Jim Hart, ECCI’s buildings and energy specialist said 'the Innovative Refurb call offers the chance to put up to a million pounds of UK Government money into a single building for non-domestic building refurbishments incorporating energy efficiency innovations.  Having representatives from the TSB and DECC at this event demonstrated a clear desire to see Scotland play a role in the programme, and delegates from a range of backgrounds took advantage of the chance to raise their profile with these UK bodies as well as to learn more about this funding programme and other opportunities'.