Detailed guide: Innovations in the built environment

Innovation in the built environment

Across Government, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and BEIS expect to invest around £184 million in research and innovation in the built environment.

As part of this commitment, within the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, BEIS expects to invest around £90 million in low carbon heating and energy efficiency options for UK homes and businesses.

Investing in Low Carbon Heating Technology Innovation

Government has launched a grant scheme to invest up to £10 million to develop technologies that reduce the carbon emissions associated with providing heat and hot water to UK buildings. Innovative technologies, processes and tools are eligible for support and applicants may apply for a grant of £200,000 to £2 million.

Applications should be submitted by 2 January 2018.

Full details about the grant scheme, including how to apply, are set out in the guidance notes.

Apply to the Low Carbon Heating Technologies Innovation Fund

For more information, please email BuiltEnvironmentInnovation@beis.gov.uk using the title Low Carbon Heating Technology Innovation Fund in the email subject.

Low carbon heating guidance and application notes

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Investing in Building Thermal Efficiency Innovation

Government has launched a grant scheme to invest up to £10 million to develop technologies and approaches to improving the energy efficiency of existing UK buildings. Innovative technologies, processes and business models are eligible for support and applicants may apply for a grant of £200,000 to £2 million.

Registration is required by 19 December 2017. Applications should be submitted by 2 January 2018.

Full details about the grant scheme, including how to apply, are set out in the guidance notes. There is a separate application form for this scheme.

For more information, please email BuiltEnvironmentInnovation@beis.gov.uk using the title Thermal Efficiency Innovation Fund in the email subject.

Thermal efficiency innovation guidance notes

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Thermal efficiency innovation application form

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Thermal efficiency innovation fund finance form

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Investing in hydrogen innovation for heating

BEIS is undertaking a £25 million programme to explore the potential use of hydrogen gas for heating UK homes and businesses and is shortly due to appoint a contractor to run the programme.

This programme will run from 2017 to 2020 and will aim to define a hydrogen quality standard, and to explore, develop and test domestic and commercial hydrogen appliances.

Investing in smart heating systems

BEIS is investing £9.8 million in phase 2 of the Smart Systems and Heat Programme, run by the Energy Systems Catapult. This phase will build on the work from phase 1, including developing a ‘Home Energy Services Gateway’ to change the relationship between consumers, heating systems, and energy suppliers. The project will also include work with local authorities on developing low energy plans, including the support the development and expansion of domestic low carbon heating projects.