BECCI Project to Develop Innovative Products for Housing Retrofit

29th May, 2013

A project to help West Midlands companies benefit from green technologies has been launched by the University of Wolverhampton.

The Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) is a three year regional project supported by the European Regional Development Fund, which aims to promote sustainable economic opportunities and growth by working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative climate change solutions within the built environment, specifically focussing on products associated with housing retrofit.

It will involve helping businesses developing new or improved energy efficient products, engaging with housing providers in the region to support the use of more green products, and giving SME’s access to the latest information and knowledge on low carbon technologies.

There will also be a focus on new product theme groups supporting SME’s with introducing new technologies, linking with research studies on their development and progress and impact.

BECCI will use the facilities of both Wolverhampton and Coventry Universities to offer free support at least 85 companies from across the West Midlands region during the project. The £1m project is being supported at both universities, and more than £500,000 of that has come from the European Regional Development Fund.

Paul Hampton, Principal Lecturer and Head of Business Engagement and Employability in the School of Technology at the University of Wolverhampton said: “We are very excited about the regional impact of the project towards developing innovative solutions surrounding climate change.

“The project team welcome the opportunity to work closely with SME’s to help promote regional growth and employment opportunities. “ Regionally we have a wealth of manufacturing and technology based companies, and the BECCI project will help support SMEs participation in larger projects to become more
active participants in the supply chain who can deliver energy efficient technologies, products and services across the West Midlands.”

Norman Price, Deputy Chair of the West Midlands ERDF Local Management Committee said: “This ERDF supported project offers a real opportunity for businesses to learn about and get involved in the developing area of energy efficiency within the housing market. It is crucial that we support businesses to expand and break into developing markets which will help boost profits and improve the local economy.

“Local businesses can access support which demonstrates new techniques and products that can be applied in the housing market to improve energy performance and reduce costs and carbon emissions. Specialist help is also on offer to look into potential new business opportunities that are available to companies that can offer innovative products in this field. Growing market opportunities require new knowledge and approaches from suppliers. This project can help the ambitious”.

For more details on retrofit opportunities in the West Midlands why not book to attend the West Midlands and Birmingham Retrofit Roadshow on 9th July 2013. To register visit www.retrofit-roadshow.co.uk

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