Ecobuild has never been more relevant against the current backdrop of political and economic change, leading to unprecedented demand and opportunities for infrastructure and properties. What better way to redefine sustainability and bring regeneration (this year’s theme for Ecobuild) to life than to inspire and connect the entire built environment with high impact solutions to build collaborative communities.

Over the past few years, green buildings have gone from a novelty to a major sustainability driver for corporations across the UK. The idea of transforming performances in commercial buildings has become so widespread and important that companies are now expected to have sustainable and profitable properties that deliver positive impact on energy, water, waste, and employee wellbeing. 

Whilst many are still struggling to achieve challenging cost reduction and environmental targets, a group of organisations, despite being from different industries, have joined forces and put The Power of Many into reality. The Innovation Gateway alliance, including RBS, Heathrow, Carillion, Kingfisher, Unite Students, Lancaster University and University of Cambridge, are working in partnership to crowdsource innovations that’s transforming the performance of their buildings.

"Increasing collaboration across organisations creates an environment where we can share ideas and work together to drive more resource efficient businesses."

The alliance enables its Partners to work together to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of their buildings, and allow them to benefit from the exchange of learning and experience across sectors. Through collaboration, Partners are de-risking the adoption of innovative solutions and are able to invest in confidence by accessing best practice and expertise from their peers. This unique, shared approach gives strength to the idea of The Power of Many, and is proven by the alliance’s collaborative success in achieving great results, with RBS estimating annual operational savings of £7.5 million, as well as 40,000 tonnes of CO2 and 200 million litres of water.

Allan Wickham, Head of Workplace Specialist Services at RBS, said: “I am really pleased to see the Innovation Gateway grow. Increasing collaboration across organisations creates an environment where we can share ideas and work together to drive more resource efficient businesses.”

The Power of Many is no doubt the key to redefining sustainability in buildings. So far, the alliance has sourced over 640 buildings related innovations, with half now coming from outside the UK. Around 40 of these are currently under trial in the Partners’ buildings, and have led to very significant tractions.

James Tiernan, Group Energy and Environment Manager for Unite Students, said, “We see the Innovation Gateway as being a true force-multiplier for our energy and environment team, helping to maximise impact by accelerating the identification and validation of new initiatives, and making sure we adopt the best solutions for our properties across the UK.”

To learn more about how the Innovation Gateway can help you improve the performance of your buildings, drive down costs and environmental impacts, get in touch with Henry (henrymajed@innovationgateway.com) and come check us out at the Innovation Gateway Business District Lounge at Ecobuild 2017 on 7-March. For a chance to network with your peers from UK’s largest organisations and meet some of our best innovators, register for your free ticket here

We’ll be serving afternoon tea from 3-3.30pm at the Lounge – with more opportunities to network over cakes and coffees. 

Written by Henry Majed, Director of Partnerships at Innovation Gateway

“"Increasing collaboration across organisations creates an environment where we can share ideas and work together to drive more resource efficient businesses."”