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September 15, 2023

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Innovation Lab

Energiesprong UK has been selected to take part in Innovate UK’s Net Zero Heat: Design Engineering Innovation Lab, a funding competition that aims to tackle barriers and speed up the roll-out of decarbonised heat for buildings.  

Following a successful Expression of Interest stage, Energiesprong UK will join a collaborative five-day residential workshop with a cross-disciplinary cohort of 40 organisations to develop game changing ideas to improve the delivery of net zero heat building upgrades.  

Emily Braham, Director of Strategy & Operations, will represent Energiesprong UK at the workshop which will explore and develop new solutions to reducing the heat requirements of buildings through design and system engineering.


At the end of the five days, newly formed teams will pitch their projects to expert assessors and Innovate UK funders. If successful, the teams will be invited to apply for funding in the next stage of the competition to deliver concept demonstrators with grant funding available of between £1.5 million to £5 million per project.  

The assessors will be looking for ideas that address barriers such as energy demand, market demand, speed of roll-out, and costs, or solutions that utilise AI and machine learning, offsite manufacturing, or modular designs.  

Emily Braham said: “We are very excited to be a part of the Innovation Lab to help generate commercially viable ideas for decarbonising heat in buildings at the speed and scale that’s required to meet net zero targets. We will bring our experience and passion for industrialisation in the retrofit sector and our understanding of the range of housing archetypes in the UK and how they perform to help develop innovative new solutions.”

The residential workshop takes place 18-22 September 2023 and successful stage 3 projects must start before 1 February 2024 and finish by 31 March 2025.  

Find out more about the Innovation Lab here.

For organisations who aren’t attending the residential workshop but have solutions and resources that may be relevant to the project development phase, Innovate UK has compiled an Innovation Lab Directory. Organisations that have been accepted onto the Directory can be called during the week and included in the final consortia.  

Innovate UK

Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas.  

It connects businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.  

It funds businesses and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D. Its support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.  

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation. For more information visit