57 steps closer to accelerated growth in sustainable construction

The deadline for our Innovation Challenge has passed. We ended up with a strong field of 57 innovators that are in the running to become one of only 10 that will get to present their innovations to the industry at the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Accelerator Forum in June 2016.

“I am delighted to see that we have managed to reach out to a broad field of innovators across the industry, with innovators from 11 different countries and a wide range of interesting innovations, including digital tools and new materials, as well as novel techniques and innovative technologies. It goes to show  that there are plenty of innovative ideas and creative minds that we can make use of, if we want growth in a more sustainable building industry. Our expert panelists are now facing the hard task of selecting the 10 innovators that get to present their ideas at this year’s Accelerator Forum. The expert panel will have to make some difficult decisions when eliminating entries from the strong field of innovations”, Mikkel Kragh, PhD, Head of BUILD programme at the Danish Architecture Centre.

“But we are not only getting new ideas from the great innovators who take part in our Innovation Challenge – we are also generating them by joint effort of the project partnership. After talking the talk, it is now time for them to walk the talk and develop their own solutions within the framework of SUSTAINABLE BUILDS’s 3 Industry Task Forces. And, of course, it is not always straightforward to bring together a number of different professionals with each their own perspective. As a matter of fact, it is proving to be a rather challenging job to facilitate the intensive process, but they are all making great progress and I am thrilled to see the outcomes of their hard work”, Mikkel Kragh, PhD, Head of BUILD programme at Danish Architecture Centre.

“With the Innovation Challenge and the Industry Task Forces we are on the way to realizing the ambitious objectives of SUSTAINABLE BUILD and present some really concrete innovations that we hope may readily be implemented by the industry. Innovation is instrumental to creating growth in a more sustainable building industry and I am looking forward to seeing the results of the project, which will be presented in June at the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Accelerator Forum. I am particularly looking forward to seeing the progress we have made in terms of spawning innovation in the industry and the collaborations between the project partners and innovators that the project will foster”, Mikkel Kragh, PhD, Head of BUILD programme at Danish Architecture Centre.