Ecobuild 2012: Innovation Zone finalists revealedCast your vote for the technology most likely to improve sustainable construction and process efficiency in the retail sector.
Report from – Keri Jordan
This year's Innovation Zone focuses on improving the construction and operation of retail outlets and the finalists have one thing in common: they all have the potential to transform the retail industry's building portfolio.
The Modern Built Environment KTN received over 80 entries to the competition and had the difficult task of short-listing 25 innovations which tackle important issues such as sending zero construction waste to landfill and increasing the use of recycled content in building materials. The finalists include an interior, self-supporting walling system that enables the reuse of 98 percent of all materials, and a WiFi-based smart plug that controls any electrical appliance via the internet. A full list of the finalists can be found on the Modern Built Environment KTN website.
The winning technology will be included in one of Marks & Spencer's Sustainable Learning Stores which are a key part of the company's goal to become the world's most sustainable major retailer by 2015. The objective of the Learning Stores is to trial sustainable construction techniques and processes, providing practical learning for both M&S and the wider construction industry.
To vote for the technology you think is most likely to improve sustainable construction and efficiency in the retail sector, visit the Innovation Zone on stand N530 at Ecobuild on 20-22 March where you can see the innovations and talk to those involved in their creation. You can also vote online by clicking here. The overall winner will be announced on the final day of Ecobuild, Thursday 22nd March.
The Innovation Zone is a partnership between the Technology Strategy Board, the Modern Built Environment KTN, Marks & Spencer, the UK Green Building Council, LimesNet, Smart DC SIG and the IOM3 Construction Materials Group.