Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge is now closed. Results will be announced on the Home of 2030 website in due course.

The Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for innovators to participate in the Home of 2030 project and secure support for further development of their innovations. It is open to businesses with systems or products which will address one or more of the following four themes:

  • Inclusive living
  • Building performance (low environmental impact and/or low lifelong carbon impact)
  • Smart and digital technologies
  • Scalability

Eligible businesses applying to the call will be listed in a directory of innovations which will be provided to design and delivery teams participating in the Home of 2030 Design and Delivery Competition in early 2020. They will also be invited to present their innovation to potential design teams at an event in January 2020. Winning entries in each theme will be awarded a prize of up to £10,000.

For innovations which are not yet market ready (Technology Readiness Level 3-6), but which match the challenge criteria, Innovation Vouchers of up to £5,000 will be awarded to the best entries in each theme for further development of their solutions.

Please note: to be eligible to participate in the Innovation Challenge, entrants must either have a registered office or a registered supplier in England.

1Technology Readiness Level 6 or below (see Horizon 2020 ec.europa.eu)
TRL 1: basic principles observed
TRL 2: technology concept formulated
TRL 3: experimental proof of concept
TRL 4: technology validated in lab
TRL 5: technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6: technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7: system prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8: system complete and qualified
TRL 9: actual system proven in operational environment.

The goal of the Home of 2030 project is to propose practical ideas for affordable homes that work for all age groups, are resilient to the impacts of climate change and are sustainable over the longer term. Through a Design and Delivery competition, and dialogue with industry and consumers, the project will enable the production of a range of design solutions for mainstream adoption.

The Innovation Challenge is an initial stage in the Home of 2030 Design and Delivery Competition. Entrants to the Innovation Challenge who meet the challenge criteria will be included in a directory of market ready innovations. The directory will be provided to the entrants for the two-phase Design and Delivery competition in 2020.

There will also be prizes for the winning entries to the Innovation Challenge in each theme. The best innovations which are not yet market ready will be awarded innovation vouchers for further development of their solutions. Solutions may be technical, service provision or a mix of the two and should help to address one, or more, of the following four challenges:

Inclusive living

Innovations which allow people to continue living in their homes as their needs change (for example: maintaining accessibility for occupants with reduced mobility and/ or cognitive impairment, providing support for social connections, linking with home care technologies) or assist multi-generational living.

Building performance

Innovations which improve the whole life performance of homes. These could either be solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the home in use (for example by reducing space heating requirements or water use), reduce the whole life carbon impact (through design, adaptability, flexibility or ease of maintenance of the whole home) or which respond to challenges of climate change (for example by improving resilience to overheating).

Smart and digital

Usable and useful digital information exchange solutions to support end users and housing owners to manage and operate their asset effectively. These should be interoperable with typical planned maintenance, care support and asset performance monitoring systems.

Scalability

Innovations which support an overall ambition to reduce the typical new build cost by up to 20%. Innovations in this category could include process innovation to reduce time and cost of build without compromising construction quality.

Desired innovative solutions for all the above could range from whole house solutions using Modern Methods of Construction to individual technologies which address a single element of a home.

CATEGORY 1: The opportunity for innovations that are market ready or close to market (TRL7 or above)

Solutions will be assessed for:

  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL7 or above)
  • Addressing the challenge themes
  • Level of innovation
  • Suitability for volume housebuilding
  • Market readiness

Those innovations which address the challenge aims and which demonstrate a high level of innovation will be included in the Directory of Innovations which will be provided to design and delivery teams participating in the Home of 2030 Design and Delivery Competition in early 2020. They will also be invited to present their innovation to potential design teams at an event in January 2020. The winning innovation in each theme (based on the judging criteria below) will also be awarded a prize of up to £10,000.

Judging Criteria for Category 1:

Area of assessment Evaluation Type of assessment
Business with a presence in England Does the business have a registered office or registered supplier in England? Yes/No
Technology Readiness Level Is the innovation at TRL 7 or above? Yes/No
Addressing the challenge themes Assessment of how the innovation addresses the challenge themes scored by relevant expert judges against a range of questions, including: How well does the innovation address one (or more) of the challenge themes? Is the solution technically viable? Does the solution appear to offer a technically credible solution to the challenge theme? Scale 1-10
Level of innovation Is the solution differentiated from solutions already widely available on the market? Scale 1-10
Suitability for volume housebuilding Can this solution be easily integrated or adopted into volume housebuilding? (ease of installation, cost/value) Scale 1-10
Market readiness Assessment of market readiness of the solution (capability of the organisation to upscale/ ability to be installed at scale Scale 1-10

CATEGORY 2: The opportunity for innovations still in development (TRL 3-6)

Innovations will be assessed for:

  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL3-6)
  • Addressing the challenge themes
  • Level of innovation
  • Suitability for volume housebuilding

Those innovations which meet the criteria will be assessed for suitability for support (based on the judging criteria below), with the winners receiving innovation vouchers to be spent on product development.

Judging criteria for Category 2:

Area of assessment Evaluation Type of assessment
Business with a presence in England Does the business have a registered office or registered supplier in England? Yes/No
Technology Readiness Level Is the innovation at TRL 3-6? Yes/No
Addressing the challenge themes Assessment of how the innovation addresses the challenge themes scored by relevant expert judges against a range of questions, including: How well does the innovation address one (or more) of the challenge themes? Is the solution technically viable? Does the solution appear to offer a technically credible solution to the challenge theme? Scale 1-10
Level of innovation Is the solution differentiated from solutions already widely available on the market? Scale 1-10
Suitability for volume housebuilding Can this solution be easily integrated or adopted into volume housebuilding? (ease of installation, cost/value) Scale 1-10

Judging Panel

The judging panel will consist of representatives from MHCLG, BEIS, DHSC, Homes England, and members of the delivery team, led by BRE.

Timelines & Next Steps

Eligible companies registered their innovations by Monday 13th January 2020. Details will be held on a database for sharing with Design and Delivery teams, as well as project partners, for the purpose of the competition and other opportunities with innovation buyers. Challenge closed: Monday 13th January 2020.