Winners of the Innovation Future Zone 2013

Winners of this year's Innovation Future Zone (IFZ) competition were selected based on 1,400 votes and feedback received during the Ecobuild show in London, March 5-7. Some of the winners include:

Insul8ed Thermilate Matrix CoatingHOME
Insul8ed Thermilate Matrix coating contains materials which together prevent heat transfer by controlling radiation wavelengths and slowing the transfer of heat.

Integrated LCC/LCA Tools
These tools plug into the new computer-based IMPACT life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) methodology, which enables users to quantify the embodied environmental and cost implications on a whole-building basis.

Invisible Solar Thermal Façade (ISTF)
ISTF is a façade system based on available materials and techniques, which harvests low temperature heat and solar thermal energy, supported by an integrated decision toolbox.

MDF Wood Fibre Recovery
MDF is not currently recycled. The MDF Recovery process breaks apart the glue bonds that hold together the wood fibres, allowing them to be reclaimed for inclusion into new MDF or other applications such as thermal insulation products or horticultural growing media.

Nanofloor Insulation
Nanofloor Insulation is an off-the-shelf vacuum insulation panel floor insulation solution. The five standard-sized panels can be used to upgrade the insulation value of any existing room configuration.

The Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network (MBE KTN) joined forces with Marks & Spencer and the Facility Architects to deliver the Innovation Zone at Ecobuild 2013. Now in its fourth year the Innovation Zone provides an interactive forum to demonstrate new or near to market technologies. 

Other international Ecobuild events this year include Ecobuild China, April 1-3; Ecobuild India, April 16-17; and Ecobuild Southeast Asia, September 17-19.