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Infrastructure & Built Environment Design Competition (SBRI) - CA0517

Description
Defra held an open competition (innovative design for Future Climate resilience) under the Small Business Research Initiative umbrella between 14th October and 22nd November 2013.

It invited proposals from companies, academia or from consortia of interested parties connected to the infrastructure and built environment sectors. The competition, which applied to England only for the built environment sector and UK wide for the infrastructure sector, was open to those who have already developed their own feasibility studies for such designs and could clearly demonstrate the ability to produce prototype designs for demonstration by 30 March 2014. Defra has awarded contracts up to a total value of £314,791 in 2013/14 to five successful applicants. The competition is being managed by Defra, with some support from the Technology Strategy Board.

Background
The Small Business Research Initiative Infrastructure (SBRI) Design for Future Climate competition fulfils a commitment set out in the National Adaptation Programme report and the 2011 National Infrastructure Plan. This is the second phase – a first round Design Competition took place in July 2012, which enabled Defra and the Technology Strategy Board to fund the development of innovative solutions to increase the resilience of UK infrastructure to a future changing climate. Defra invested £196,000 to provide 3 successful applicants with the necessary funding to support the development of proposed actions/innovations and associated feasibility studies. These projects were AECOM, Papa Ltd and Fluvial.

Defra sought to support business opportunities from climate change adaptation for UK businesses, and anticipated that the adaptation ideas would have wider applicability outside the UK. It considered that the focus of innovation of this competition has wider benefits, helps to support economic growth and gives an incentive for the small and medium business sector to be creative with their products. Being climate resilient can lead to increased competitiveness, both domestically and internationally.

Defra, therefore, invited proposals to develop climate resilience innovations both for potential future infrastructure projects (which can be found in the National Infrastructure Plan) and to retro-fit existing infrastructure assets. Innovations which provide incremental adaptation options, i.e. phasing in of adaptation techniques into products at different or transformational stages, were also desirable. We sought innovations which could demonstrate a credible ‘route to market’ and could be put into practice as viable business propositions.

Description of the individual projects as follows:

Building Research Establishment Limited
This project will deliver a detailed climate resilient design that is designed to cope with flooding that accounts for over 95% of flood events in the country, including for low rise properties in flood risk areas. The project will result in a detailed design, including addressing the lower ground walls, ground floor and apertures, that is costed and go forward to construction on an innovation park in Watford (entitled ‘Flood Resilient Property Project’).

Greengineering Limited,
The aim of this project is to improve the performance of thermo dynamic solar assisted type heat pump systems. The company will build a prototype demonstrator to provide test data and reduce operating costs and believe it will attract interest from the industry and potential users of the system.

InTouch Ltd
This project will enable the smarter cleaning of gullies to support UK Highways Infrastructure (as regards climate resilience) by providing intelligent data to influence Highways Maintenance Operators in the prediction/prevention of flooding incidents (entitled ‘Smart Gully’ system). This incorporates the installation of Wi-Fi sensors within key gully locations, along key highways to represent large numbers of gullies and provides a capability for an intelligent system for predicting and managing areas where a flood risk is forecast.

Royal HaskoningDHV UK Ltd
Production of a sustainable drainage retrofit feasibility tool in an urban environment - is there potential for retrofitting Sustainable Drainage Systems with existing national datasets on land use, flood risk, geology, environmental constraints and pollution. It will enable rapid high-level assessments of where retrofit SuDs will have the greatest impact to be undertaken. To be targeted at Lead Local Flood Authorities and Water Companies.

Sasie Ltd
Nottingham based SME, with considerable sustainability experience. The product collects rainwater on site, using permeable surface with underground storage. Collected water is filtered and stored and used for flushing toilets or washing clothes, as in a conventional rainwater harvester. Heat will also be collected from the stored water and used for a hybrid heat pump. Entitled ‘Dew Therm’ product.



Objective
Overarching competition objectives:

• to enhance resilience of the UK’s critical national infrastructure and built environment in response to the challenges posed by a future climate, as detailed in the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) , which was published in January 2012. Defra is seeking to support business opportunities from climate change adaptation for UK businesses, and anticipate that the adaptation ideas may have wider applicability outside the UK. We consider that the focus of innovation of this competition has wider benefits, helps to support economic growth and gives an incentive for the small and medium business sector to be creative with their products. Being climate resilient can lead to increased competitiveness, both domestically and internationally.
• the contract awards aim to enable innovative solutions to be co-created, working jointly with partners to bring together a range of evidence and ideas to empower a wide variety of non-government organisations to take responsibility for finding the best climate ready solutions for the infrastructure and built environment sectors.
• Specifically, the project is intended to:
• further develop already designed prototypes that will embed and demonstrate the climate resilience into new and existing infrastructure and/or buildings;
• further develop already designed prototypes so that existing infrastructure and changes to built environment can have a ‘dual-use’, e.g. increasing resilience to flooding, combining green and ‘hard’ infrastructure to increase climate resilience;
• identify the costs and benefits of the prototypes;
• consider how the prototypes can be mainstreamed and marketed
• support economic growth
• provide a body of evidence on the link between innovation and climate resilience.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : BRE report for public domain   (74k)
• FRP - Final Report : Final In-Touch Report for public domain   (376k)
• FRP - Final Report : Greengineering report for public domain   (451k)
• FRP - Final Report : RHDHV sample outputs for public domain   (10857k)
• FRP - Final Report : RHDV Report for public domain   (692k)
• FRP - Final Report : Sasie report for public domain   (478k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2014

Cost: £314,791
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Royal Haskoning, Building Research Establishment Ltd, InTouch Ltd, Greengineering Limited, Sasie Ltd
Keywords
Climate Change              
Environment              
Flood Management              
Water