Sustainable Building Futures

FUNDER

Coventry University and European Regional Development Fund 2007-13 (50% funded by each organisation)

VALUE

£5.34m

COLLABORATORS

Coventry University, Department for Communities and Local Government, European Regional Development Fund

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The SBF project provides support for Small and Medium Enterprises in the ERDF Midlands region to grow their products, services  and businesses in all sectors of sustainable buildings and construction. 

It provides specialised testing and monitoring equipment, both mobile and on-campus; engagement with the academic knowledge base; and access to further regional and national funding where available. The project was initially funded until June 2015, but was successfully awarded an extension and further funding to increase collaborations until the end of December 2015.

RESEARCH IMPACT

This project will directly benefit SMEs within the environmental and building technology and service sectors, those developing new environmental technologies and those companies wishing to diversify into the sector. 

The range of clients is extensive from building trades, services such as design, products manufacturers, engineers, consultancies, heritage building skills, landlords etc. 

By the end of December 2015 the project will have delivered support to improve performance or collaborate with the knowledge base for around 575 Midlands businesses, as well as supporting new jobs, new businesses and graduate placements.

SMEs have access to mobile metering and monitoring equipment, academic knowledge, an environmental chamber, a roof based solar tracking system, workshops and networking. The project’s home is the BREEAM Excellent Engineering and Computing Building on Coventry University’s city centre campus, and funding from this project has been used to fund elements such as the innovative building façade. 

This project generates high levels of collaboration between academic staff, SMEs and larger organisations such as major construction companies via their supply chains. This is a valuable asset of knowledge and skills for those wishing to partner with the University’s research with impact agenda in coming years, particularly in the performance of buildings, low carbon products, and sustainable design.

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Contact for discussion on future buildings research projects: Elise Smithson, Sustainability Director, Coventry University.