Meet the Cohort
Sustainable construction demands better management of social and environmental impact. To achieve this, reliable, efficient tools are needed to make sense of large volumes of data across the range of related fields.
Qflow is a cloud-based platform that enables construction projects to manage their environmental risk and stay compliant with environmental standards.
Qflow brings together machine learning and the Internet of things to holistically capture and analyse environmental data, making it easier to identify and manage risk in construction projects. This drives productivity and cost-savings while enabling a positive impact on the built environment.
Concrete is the second most used material in the world behind water. 10 billion tonnes are produced every year with up to 500 million tonnes wasted annually. This comes at a cost of around USD$20 billion and 84 million tonnes of carbon.
The Sustainability Cloud platform offers real time on demand concrete that would normally be destined for landfill. When a delivery has surplus (waste) concrete due to onsite issues the key data is uploaded onto the app and matched to a customer. This reduces waste, lowers disposal cost and provides new revenue for the supplier, while offering a low cost concrete option for customers.
Chip[s] Board is a biomaterial innovation company that aims to find value where others see waste, utilising by-products from food manufacturing.
Currently focusing on potato waste, the team have managed to produce a number of proof-of-concept materials which include a particulate composite board and a bioplastic. Whilst the uses for their materials are countless, Chip[s] Board are actively seeking industrial partnerships to ensure their use within fast moving industries such as visual merchandising, exhibit design, interior design and fashion. These materials whilst still in R&D have begun to be used by selected collaborators including sustainable fashion designers and eye wear manufacturers.
Biohm is a research and development led company that aims to revolutionise the construction industry by allowing nature to lead innovation.
Biohm have developed a range of 100% natural materials including Mycelium (mushroom-based) Building Insulation, which consumes waste as it grows and Orb (Organic Refuse Biocompound), which combines agricultural and food waste with an organic binder to create a sheet material for use in building and interior architecture.
The company is currently working on developing a Plant-Based Concrete, future living materials and aims to expand their range of Mycelium construction products. All of Biohm’s materials will eventually be combined to form an interlocking construction system known as Triagomy.
GlobalHom brings a new product design for manufacturing approach to home building. Thanks to the product design background of its founders, the approach focuses on user experience and allows for flexibility, sustainability, and ease of upgrade in its connected smart home approach to future living.
The modular design allows for fast and efficient on-site assembly, while the plug-and-play modular interior design solution allows for the home to be reconfigured with minimal disruption, at lower cost, with zero wasted material to reflect the evolving needs of the occupier. Every component is tagged and tracked from manufacture and using an open source approach supports an online marketplace where components can be traded as part of a circular economy.
Rapiere enables rapid intelligent analysis of Lifecycle Carbon, Energy and Cost for architectural projects, as well as providing information on the circular economy of the design. Our tool calculates all the impacts from the cradle to the grave of the project using cloud computing to allow rapid building design optimisation.