SUSTAINABLE BUILD Innovation Challenge FAQ


SUSTAINABLE BUILD is a collaboration between  Pension DenmarkCentral Region DenmarkHenning Larsen ArchitectsNCC and Tarkett. SUSTAINABLE BUILD is created in close collaboration with various actors from the building industry such as manufacturers, suppliers, builders, architects, knowledge institutions and government organisations.

The purpose of SUSTAINABLE BUILD is to create growth in sustainable buildings. We help strengthen the competitiveness of sustainable solutions and scale new sustainable products and business models through cross-industry collaboration.

SUSTAINABLE BUILD is supported by The Danish Industry Foundation, GI (The Landowners’ Investment Foundation), and is operated by Danish Architecture Center and Leaderlab.

  1. How is the SUSTAINABLE BUILD project funded?

SUSTAINABLE BUILD 2018-2020 is funded by The Danish Industry Foundation and GI (The Landowners’ Investment Foundation) and the Founding Partners: NCC, Central Region Denmark, Henning Larsen Architects, Tarkett & Pension Danmark, along with the Resource Partners: Frøslev Træ, Kalk, Outrup & Stark.

It is furthermore supported by in kind hours and knowledge from a number of Community Partners. See all our partners here.

  1. What is the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Innovation Challenge 2020?

Our Innovation Challenge “CHANGING LIVES : CHANGING BUILDINGS” will be announced the 31st of October 2019.

  1. What types of innovations are SUSTAINABLE BUILD challenge 2020 looking for?

SUSTAINABLE BUILD is looking for projects and innovations globally that can provide solutions to the Innovation Challenge. The solutions can be either stand-alone projects, or an innovative way of integrating existing solutions.

In addition, we seek solutions for both existing and future buildings and for all phases, i.e. across concept, design, construction, operation, and renovation.

Your innovation can be a new type of platform, system, process, method, business model, product, material, component – or something completely different!

We will announce our Innovation Challenge the 31st of October 2019, for further specifications.

  1. Who can participate?

The Innovation Challenge is open to all sectors – we welcome applications from the construction industry and beyond.

We are interested in projects and innovations from early stage towards implementation/rollout/commercialisation with the potential to significantly impact ‘The Great Indoor Life’.

It is a global call to action, so we encourage innovators from all around the world to apply.

  1. How can I participate?

When our Innovation Challenge is announced the 31st of October 2019, an application form will be available on the website.

  1. Why should I participate?

If your innovation is selected, you will get access to the SUSTAINABLE BUILD partners and network, giving you the opportunity to collaborate on your project with leading experts, companies and organisations within the built environment.You will get:

  • Access to the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Accelerator Forum from April 21-23, 2020, where your project or innovation will be the focus for collaboration with partners and the other innovators.
  • The opportunity to test your project in selected pilot projects in collaboration with SUSTAINABLE BUILD partners and network.
  • Ongoing support before, during and after the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Accelerator Forum.
  • Individual presentation especially for the Accelerator Forum made in collaboration with the SUSTAINABLE BUILD team.
  • A personal video of you and your project – which will also be available at

At Accelerator Forum, you will get counselling from the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Council members specifically chosen for this year’s theme and based on the chosen innovators. Following the Accelerator Forum, innovators will become part of a further Accelerating process, that facilitate access to – and realisation of – the opportunities identified at Accelerator Forum.

Participation in the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Innovation Challenge can therefore help mature your innovation and open the door to new opportunities.

  1. Can I submit my application in any other language than English?

Yes. It is possible to apply in either English or Danish.

  1. I have more than one innovation. What should I do?

You are welcome to submit more than one innovation per person, team or organisation as long as you submit them individually.

  1. Are there any financial costs associated with submitting an application?

No, there is no application fee, and no costs associated with the selection process, aside from the investment of your time. However, should you be selected, we do not cover costs for your participation in the Accelerator Forum days in Copenhagen, meaning you are responsible for your own transport and stay.

  1. If I enter the challenge with a prototype, is my intellectual property safe

You will retain all rights to your innovation.  All submissions are confidential and will not be publicly available. However, if your innovation is selected, you do need to accept a degree of openness, so that the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Innovation Group members can understand and support your innovation.

The only terms and condition you are required to commit to as part of your application are:

  • That the organisers of SUSTAINABLE BUILD will use the data and information I have provided to review and process my application for participation in the Innovation Challenge, and only for this purpose.
  • That I grant the organisers of the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Innovation Challenge the right to share and distribute my submission materials to the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Innovation Group members for review purposes only.
  • That I retain full rights over my intellectual property.
  • That I recognise that submitting information and content to the SUSTAINABLE BUILD Innovation Challenge does not in any way constitute a commercial or other contractual relation with anyone, either Challenge participants, partners or organisers.
  1. Does Sustainable Build profit from submitted innovations?

No. SUSTAINABLE BUILD does not make a financial profit from submitted innovations, nor do we take financial stake in any person, company or organisation that submits their innovation to us.

  1. How can I stay informed during the process?

Once you submit an application, we will keep you updated by email on the selection process. So make sure to type in the correct email address.

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