Canada Innovation Competiton




The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service ( and the High of Canada in London are thrilled to announce the Canada Innovation Competition for 2015.  The competition aims to find new and innovative products/services from Canada to meet current and emerging challenges in the UK green building and sustainable design sector.


Entering into its 2nd year, the Competition is run in collaboration with the Canada Green Building Council ( and the Canada UK Sustainable Building Network (  In the UK this is supported by Innovate UK (, the UK Government’s innovation agency working in the Built Environment.


This competition exists to help Canadian companies determine their market potential in the United Kingdom and for the finalists, provide exposure to key decision makers in the marketplace.


Benefits for Entries


  1. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts in the UK/Canada with initial feedback filtered back to the nominating company.
  2. From the entries, a short list of five products will be selected to feature on plinths at the Canada Innovation Showcase at Ecobuild in London from March 3rd – 5th, 2015.
  3. The winner of the competition will have a tailored case study produced evaluating their product on its suitability to the UK and EU market in terms of: innovation; overview of the relevant market sector; technical viability; compliance with technical requirements and legislation; and roadmap to compliance. A summary of the case study will be published in a technology specific technical journal.

We are seeking exemplary innovations from Canadian companies which address the market opportunities and challenges noted below. The innovation must originate from Canada but is open to companies operating in Canada or the United Kingdom


To enter your innovation into the competition please complete the entry form below and email it to by Friday 23rd January 2015.



Key Market Opportunities


The UK construction market is worth over $180bn per year, and there is growing pressure from customers and regulators for more environmentally friendly buildings, creating new growth opportunities for innovative businesses.


The UK has demanding targets, backed up by policy and legislation, to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. This will require far-reaching changes in design, construction, operation, refurbishment and demolition (for re-use) across the domestic and commercial built environment.


The competition is seeking market ready or near to market innovations from Canadian companies that address this requirement, providing innovative solutions in terms of both construction and process. ‘Zero Carbon’ Standard – By 2016, green building will be an obligation in the UK when all new domestic buildings must meet a ‘zero carbon’ standard, extending to all new buildings by 2019.


In demand: Energy efficient energy systems, performance windows and doors, integrated micro renewable technologies, control systems, sustainable products, low energy lighting solutions, demand management solutions


Housing Shortage – The UK projects a shortage of a 1 million homes by 2021. New and modern methods of construction is in demand which speed up construction, improve quality and performance as well as increase profitability. A rapidly emerging priority for innovation is the need to lift the focus from individual buildings to groups of buildings and ultimately cities.


In demand: Modern methods of construction including panelised wood frame, ICF, SIP and

Lightweight steel; Low impact buildings


High Rise construction – To assist in meeting the housing shortage the UK has begun to build vertically. With urban land in short supply developers are building more high rises with over 200 in in development across the UK.


In demand: High rise engineering and design services, process management, financing models, energy and lighting systems, and performance facades.


Process innovation – the demands placed on the industry through increased legislation, performance requirements, labour shortages and resource restrictions necessitate a step change in the process for delivery of buildings. Underpinned by government policy innovative solutions are required to reduce build times and costs; improve predictability, precision and quality; and deliver high carbon efficiency


In demand: Digitisation in the built environment, integrated solutions, design and decision tools, Building information modelling (BIM), Future cities, Whole life performance’ management and performance of existing buildings



Government assistance programs – To assist in meeting policy objectives the UK government facilitates energy efficiency through the following programs:

  • The Green Deal – Launched in October 2012, the ‘Green Deal’ will overhaul the UK’s entire building stock by driving through C$22bn in energy efficiency measures over ten years increasing this market tenfold instantly
  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – RHI is a world-first government financial incentive scheme designed to increase the uptake of renewable heat technologies and reduce carbon emissions
  • Feed In Tariff (FIT) Feed-In Tariffs were introduced on 1 April 2010 and replaced UK government grants as the main financial incentive to encourage uptake of renewable electricity-generating technologies.
  • Energy Company obligation (ECO) provides funding to improve energy efficiency in difficult to treat housing and the homes of ‘those most in need’.


In demand: Alternative technologies; microrenewables; system and component performance improvements; innovative insulation materials and insulation systems; heating and lighting controls; integrated control systems;


Resource efficiency – With legislative requirements for conservation of water and waste, the UK represents an ideal market for innovation in these sectors. Water conservation is a key component in the UK’s governments drive for sustainability with water use in the home accounting for 5.5% of UK emissions. Waste diversion and reuse/recycling programs are deeply embedded into legislation and present a significant opportunity for new product development.


In Demand: Rainwater harvesting and storage; greywater treatment and reuse; water conservation technologies; metering and control; leak detection; waste product re-engineering.