Business Model Innovation: Active Building Centre

Introduction

The Active Building Centre is an integral part of the UK’s ambition to transform construction and is funded under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Its focus is to stimulate and accelerate national capability to deliver the Clean Growth Challenge’s ambition to at least halve the energy consumption of all new buildings by 2030.

Energy Systems Catapult is working with the Active Building Centre to explore the value of active buildings to different stakeholders, as part of a wider work package focused on business models and economic analysis.

The Challenge and Opportunity

Globally, buildings are responsible for about 40% of carbon emissions. In the UK they consume about 40% of all energy produced. Any solution to the energy crisis will have to address the issue of energy in buildings.

Active Buildings support the wider energy system by intelligently integrating renewable energy technologies for heat, power and transport. They are designed to be energy efficient, with novel ways of creating, controlling and releasing energy.

They also have the potential to be energy self-sufficient. When connected with other Active Buildings in a network, they have the potential to trade energy with one another.

The concept of Active Buildings aims to deliver buildings which support the wider energy network, by intelligently integrating renewable energy technologies for heat, power and transport.

Our Approach

Our work includes:

  • Identifying and mapping new business models and opportunities to support the adoption and upscaling of active buildings.
  • Facilitating an industry workshop with 30+ participants to explore the value of active buildings to different stakeholders, and the ‘ecosystem’ required to support their development.
  • Identify and exploit supply chain capabilities and support SME growth.

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