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Living Lab: Net Zero Carbon Lodges

Can your innovation help?

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Living Lab: Net Zero Carbon Lodges 

The Opportunity

*Update: submissions now closed for 2023

University of Birmingham is embarking on a collaboration with industry to turn five properties into unique, fully functional, living lab, zero or low carbon demonstrator houses. Through this collaboration, in exchange for your technologies and products featuring in the showcase houses, you will benefit from:

  • High profile for your products and technologies to win new business
  • Access to world-leading energy, sustainability and data science experts, and sector leading partners to build credibility
  • Collaboration and knowledge exchange with peers and experts to demonstrate scale
  • Trial and create live-test data sets and case studies that validate your solution

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The University is looking to showcase truly innovative solutions in these areas

Architectural (External)

• Roof tiles
• Windows (profiles; triple & quadruple glazing)
• Window retrofitting (low-E film; solar films; secondary glazing)

Architectural (Internal)

• Flooring
• Sealants; thresholds
• Plasterboard; plaster

Mechanical / Electrical

• Solar PV
• White appliances
• Lighting (LED); Alarms (fire)


• Sustainable driveways
• Low carbon cement
• Biodiversity enhancement

Can you help?

Like much of our city, many of our campus buildings were built pre-1950 and are likely to be with us and in active use beyond 2050. Some of those buildings are now in need of upgrading to deliver ‘fabric first’ improvements and to support our net zero carbon aspirations.

We have an exciting opportunity to retrofit existing buildings at scale in a sustainable, affordable way to support the delivery of our net zero carbon target . We need to partner with experts and technology/solution providers to develop our methodology for upgrade works and to establish our portfolio of SMART/IoT and carbon reducing products and technologies.

Trevor Payne, Director of Estates, University of Birmingham

Hear from our innovators

The innovation selection journey

Call for innovation

This innovation round opens 8 Aug '23

Innovation shortlist

Innovators evaluated and shortlisted for University review Oct '23 onwards

Pitch day

Shortlisted innovators to pitch in front of the University panel Nov '23

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