Plastic Electronics to Building Products – Polysolar Building Integrated Transparent Solar Glass

Market understanding, long term commitment and collaboration again emerge as the critical factors in successful innovation in the sector. We caught up with Hamish Watson, inventor of the Polysolar Building Integrated Transparent Solar Glass. Polysolar has developed the world’s first completely transparent low-cost photovoltaic (PV) glazing that can generate electricity with around 20% light transmission … Continue reading “Plastic Electronics to Building Products – Polysolar Building Integrated Transparent Solar Glass”

Innovation Learning from Skanska

In the latest in our series of innovator interviews, we caught up with Sam Stacey, Skanska’s Head of Innovation. Skanska is emerging as one of the UK’s most innovative main contractors. Sam joined Skanska in 2011 in a new role as Head of Innovation. Sam has responsibility for developing innovation across Skanska’s UK organisation.   … Continue reading “Innovation Learning from Skanska”

Construction Sector Potential for High Value Manufacturing Technologies

BRE coordinated a workshop with Innovate UK  and the Institute for Manufacturing a number of key areas were identified where High Value Manufacturing can help the UK construction sector achieve its vision for 2025. BRE Innovar coordinated a workshop with the Technology Strategy Board and the Institute for Manufacturing a number of key areas were … Continue reading “Construction Sector Potential for High Value Manufacturing Technologies”

When art and science combine Bio-Digital Cladding emerges

In the second in our series of innovator interviews, supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network, we met up with Marco Poletto from ecoLogicStudio. Their Bio-Digital cladding system is a great illustration about how new building technologies can develop when art and science combine. ecoLogicStudio’s technology encapsulates algae micro-organisms within a custom-designed ETFE cladding system. Collaborating … Continue reading “When art and science combine Bio-Digital Cladding emerges”

What can we learn from successful innovators?

  In 2014 the BRE Innovation Network explored the process of innovation within the built environment. The series will look at solutions at different stages of the innovation cycle and learn from the people behind those innovations. Our first interview with magnetised flooring technology company IOBAC, explored how to commercialise an innovative solution that challenges … Continue reading “What can we learn from successful innovators?”

BRE Scotland wins at Green Apple Awards

BRE’s Innovation Park in Ravenscraig scooped a top accolade at yesterday’s Green Apple Awards in Edinburgh which recognise, reward and promotes environmental best practice around the world At BRE Ravenscraig Innovation Park, we aim to blend science and technology with innovation and entrepreneurship, to develop solutions for existing and future buildings not only in Scotland … Continue reading “BRE Scotland wins at Green Apple Awards”

IOBAC Interview – Collaboration and understanding your market the recipe for successful innovation

In the first of our series of six interviews looking at the innovation process we talked to Ian Spreadborough, MD of magnetised flooring company IOBAC. BRE first met IOBAC when the participated and won the Knowledge Transfer Network’s Innovation Zone at Ecobuild 2012. IOBAC’s technology takes standard forms of installing flooring and simplifies this into … Continue reading “IOBAC Interview – Collaboration and understanding your market the recipe for successful innovation”