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ISCF Transforming Construction Competition announced – briefing events open

Posted on 09/07/2018

As part of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge within the government’s Industrial Strategy, a £420m Construction Sector Deal has been announced.

Included in this there will be an investment of £170m in the Transforming Construction: Manufacturing Better Buildings Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

The government has an ambitious vision for this sector – halving the energy use of new buildings by 2030; building a house within days or weeks instead of months; delivering new buildings at a third of the cost; providing homes that are cheaper to run and smarter, safer buildings all with lower emissions; and ultimately creating cleaner air.

Everyone in the UK is affected by the construction industry and it’s one of the country’s major employers with around 3.1 million people working in the sector.  The Construction Sector Deal sets out an ambitious partnership between the industry and government that aims to transform the sector’s productivity through innovative technologies and a more highly skilled workforce.

The Transforming Construction ISCF Challenge within the Sector Deal aims to increase the efficiency of construction techniques through digital technologies like Business Information Modelling; reduce running costs for building users through energy generation and storage technologies; and conduct research and development and demonstration programmes supporting innovations.  The objective is to provide safer, healthier and more affordable buildings that use dramatically less energy looking at design, manufacture, building management and power.

The KTN will be running competition briefing events for the Transforming Construction ISCF Challenge during July in Glasgow (19th in partnership with Construction Scotland), London (23rd which includes a webcast for those who can’t attend – register for that here), Bristol (24th) and Birmingham (25th).

We are looking to have representatives from as wide a number of organisations as possible.  As we are limited on numbers we would ask that organisations (including universities) only send two representatives maximum.

The details and scope of the project is expected to be published by UK Research and Innovation shortly before the call opens on the 23rd July 2018.  More details are available here.