£5m pledged for Green building design tools

The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are investing nearly £5m to fund the development by British companies of new design tools to build Greener buildings.

A total of £4.8m has been pledged to fund 14 projects. Among schemes receiving the cash will be a project using 3D gaming technologies to help teams develop low-carbon building designs, and the development of building performance simulation software.

Also receiving funding will be a software tool to test strategic design decisions and a visual online software tool to evaluate the passive design of buildings.

Richard Miller, who leads the TSB’s work on low-impact buildings, says, ‘At present, designers cannot easily predict the impact of design choices, particularly in the early, conceptual, stage of a project when so many key decisions are made.’

He adds, ‘The products that will be developed in these projects will dramatically improve access to good, integrated design tools. This will have a significant impact on the performance of the final building.’

The TSB is set to launch a new design-related research and development funding competition called Design for Future Change. Successful applicants to this scheme will receive funding to carry out design work on current building projects, to address the impacts of climate change.

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