BRE has brought together a group of Hertfordshire Councils, including Dacorum, Stevenage and Watford, as well as Three Rivers District Council and their development partner Countryside Properties, to attract SMEs with new ideas or proven solutions which will offer improved energy performance and/or reduced emissions at district level.

From sustainable construction materials to smart wayfinding solutions, regeneration projects provide opportunities to implement innovative products and services that will minimise energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with the delivery and operation of new developments.

Partners are actively looking for digital systems, fabric solutions and energy systems. These might include: smart technologies for buildings to encourage optimal use of space and energy efficiency through effective and efficient management of assets; navigation and parking solutions for commercial vehicles which will help manage the flow of road deliveries; sustainable building materials; retrofit innovations; and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). Also, as energy demands change there is an enthusiasm for innovative ideas for vehicle charging systems, as well as interconnected energy generation, usage, management and storage.

This challenge is part of the Hertfordshire Low Carbon Innovation Network (Herts LCIN) project, run by BRE in partnership with the Green Triangle and Synoptica, and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Over 20 SMEs have benefited from their participation in previous Herts LCIN calls for the social housing and hotel sectors. Samantha Mant, Director at Halcyan Water said: “The innovation support provided through the Herts Low Carbon Innovation Network project has been invaluable. We’ve put the knowledge gained from participating in the challenge to use and as a direct result have secured a contract with a hotel chain to install the Halcyan system across their hotels.”

Find out more about this opportunity. The challenge closes on Thursday 8th March.

Eligible companies who enter will receive 12 hours of free innovation support from BRE. Those SMEs whose solutions most closely match the needs of the districts will be invited to present their innovation to our district regeneration partners at a pitch and networking event and all participating SMEs will also be given the opportunity to network with the client partners.