A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Connectivity, Catchment, Cost
St. Helens

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses


Modern BuilT Environment Knowledge Transfer Network

Innovation for
tomorrow?s built environment

The built environment, our buildings and the infrastructure that connects them have a huge impact on our lives. Those that help to shape this environment have an enormous influence and responsibility. What we are doing today will have an impact upon how we cope tomorrow

We are building today for tomorrow?s world ? building for future extension, expansion or re-use. In 50 years time most of what we are building today will still be around, but the world will almost certainly be a very different place. We need to protect our assets. Conserve our resources. Guard our future.

Some of the UK?s greatest environmental impacts come from buildings. Forty-five percent of UK carbon emissions come from buildings, making them a key target if we are to achieve 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Thirty-two percent of all landfill waste comes from the construction and demolition of buildings. Innovative design, products, systems and processes are required if we are to deliver a sustainable built environment for tomorrow and deliver business benefit for all built environment stakeholders.

Intelligent and Gren Buildings

Take for example green buildings, where the drivers are social and moral, and whose objectives are to make the best use of available resources to improve economic, environmental and social performance.

The Innovation Park at BRE provides a live demonstration of the effective implementation of innovation in the built environment

Compare these with the aims of intelligent buildings, which are to make the very best use of information to improve performance and improve value; which information, what performance and which value depends on the viewpoint and needs of the stakeholder.

The trick, of course, is to find that compromise which is both ?intelligent? and ?green?. The increase of smarter, more responsive, digitallybased technologies into homes and workplaces is increasingly bringing results in many ways, with information technology introducing an ?intelligent nervous system? into the building ? controlling, monitoring and reporting building performance right through from enterprise to individual person level. Through the use of highly accurate monitoring systems it is now possible to measure, not just the building?s carbon footprint, but the individual working footprints of its inhabitants. It will therefore be possible to fine-tune work processes to achieve ever more positive results.

Climate Change

Our climate is changing; we are experiencing warmer, wetter weather. This is placing new strains on our ageing infrastructure and buildings in terms of increased risk of flooding and potential overheating, particularly in urban areas. Innovative solutions are required to ensure that our built environment responds to these challenges.

Many of the predicted climate change scenarios will affect buildings and infrastructure, causing damage to fabric and increasing vulnerability to extreme events. Higher temperatures will dry out soils, increase subsidence and cause overheating problems during hot summers whilst wetter winters will result in increased condensation and mould. Rain could penetrate building fabrics and flooding could damage infrastructure.

Society?s awareness of the climatic impact on buildings and infrastructure is now greater than ever. With this shift in perspective, there is a need for new, innovative approaches to tackling the challenges presented by climate change, creating significant opportunities for new technologies and environmental management solutions.

Flexibility , adaptability and resilience

The UK?s infrastructure and building stock is operating well beyond the design life commonly applied to new and replacement structures. Mass replacement of these assets is not an option; therefore owners must maintain their assets in a safe, efficient and economic way as well as looking to innovative life-extending technologies.

Resilience provides a different set of factors to be considered. Some of these are intrinsic to the building, such as the robustness of the structure or the skin to respond to natural occurrences such as earthquakes or man-made disasters such as terrorist attacks. Others are related to the business processes of the organisation such as its geographic spread and the level of redundancy built into business-critical systems.

Innovative solutions are required to ensure that what we build today will be flexible, adaptable and resilient to future changes. Given that 90% of today?s buildings are existing stock rather than new, we need to find innovative solutions to make them more flexible, adaptable and resilient.

Changing Demographics

The UK population is getting older. The number of people of state pension age is projected to increase by 34% by 2031.

We cannot continue to look after people with extra-care needs using current labour-intensive practices. Digital systems can potentially revolutionise the delivery of health and social care. Smart monitoring and electronic links to healthcare providers can enable people to remain living independently in their own homes and communities for much longer, reducing costs and increasing quality of life.

Innovation in the design, specification and delivery of buildings and infrastructure is necessary to ensure we build an inclusive environment that can be used by all of our society. The Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network aims to stimulate increased innovation and support its effective implementation for business benefit in the modern built environment. It is working with industry to facilitate innovation in all of the areas outlined above and help ensure that we deliver an effective built environment for tomorrow.

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