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Climate Emergency Collaboration Challenge (Scottish Funding Council)

Building capacity for zero and low carbon innovation in construction and the built environment.

ECCI is leading the collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and industry partners to drive forward improvements in construction delivery and building performance outcomes.

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The University of Edinburgh in partnership with a number of industry partners* has secured funding from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to target systemic challenges in the design and delivery of building projects pre-construction, and in building management post-occupation.

The project was officially launched on 5 March 2020 by Mr Ivan McKee, Scotland’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation.

Project aims

1. Establish Effective Partnerships - establish a genuine and sustained partnership between industry, academia and policy to collaboratively deliver accelerated emission reductions from 2020 to 2045;

2. Identify High Value Continuous Improvement Opportunities - identify barriers to change and co-develop future-focussed, risk-based solutions to drive down emissions across construction lifecycle;

3. Capacity Building for Effective Procurement- increase HE/FE capacity to meet design energy performance targets and maintain low-emissions throughout operational build lifetime by producing sector focused guidelines and specifications to enhance construction procurement;

4. Dissemination of Knowledge - deliver a programme of wider stakeholder communications and engagement to maximise opportunities for wider uptake of solutions developed during the project.


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Industry Partners

*Industry Partners include Scottish Futures Trust, Zero Waste Scotland, EAUC (Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education), AUDE (Association of University Directors of Estates), APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges), CSIC (Construction Scotland Innovation Centre), Robertson Construction.