The IET Innovation Awards 2014



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Congratulations to our finalists

The following entries have been shortlisted for the 2014 Built Environment Innovation Award:

Innovation Awards Built Environment shortlist (image)

EMMA- the thermal energy storage management device
Cool Power Products and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution

EMMA is a thermal energy storage management device that diverts solar photovoltaic energy into the homeowner’s hot water tank, ensuring a consistent and reliable amount of hot water is delivered whilst minimising the peak export of energy onto the electricity network, no matter how much the sun shines.

M-KOOL – Never be sweating again!

M-KOOL is a cooling technology based on phase change materials that does not require electrical energy, and is 200% more thermal conductive and 30% more effective in heat dissipation than conventional materials. It can be incorporated in cooling pads which can be used in clothing, green buildings and many applications.

T-Pylon – An innovative and compact alternative overhead line to transmit power in our landscape
National Grid and Bystrup Architecture Design & Engineering

Pylons are one solution available to us, but National Grid has been listening to the concerns of the public about their design and visual impact. The objectives were to identify a new design that was practical, reliable and safe while offering a modern, sleek and slender alternative to lattice pylons.

Fit for purpose, engineered preheat solutions for the gas industry
ProHeat Systems Ltd

As the first company dedicated exclusively to the development of preheating solutions for the gas industry, ProHeat collaborates with customers and key suppliers to engineer fit-for-purpose, custom-built preheating systems that are low-maintenance and environmentally friendly.

Safetybank: An online health and safety system for construction-related organisations

Safetybank is the only system on the market that can work seamlessly throughout the entire supply chain of a commercial construction project. It also has an innovative cost model whereby it’s free to small businesses, removing any barriers to entry and ensuring quality health and safety systems for all involved.


See the winner announced on 19 November

Be amongst the first to see who the winner is by joining the finalists at the Innovation Awards Dinner and Ceremony, taking place at The Brewery, London, on 19 November.



Built Environment information

All the information about the Built Environment category can be found here.


Category scope

This category is open to all entries that demonstrate engineering, scientific and technological innovation in the built environment.

Entries are encouraged that relate to any aspect of the built environment including design proposals, system improvements or developments, installation methods, innovative use of new materials, product innovation, operation and maintenance of systems and equipment or components and all aspects relating to the built environment.

The submission must clearly demonstrate value to the end user and outline improvements in safety reliability, efficiency or robustness within the commercial world.

Innovation is about doing things differently, in a way that is exciting and impactful. It's about new ideas that have or can have a real, positive impact on the built environment. Engineering is one of the longest established professions in the world, it has been constantly introducing new ideas throughout the millennia. If you are introducing a step change that contributes to profit, performance and ultimately value (not necessarily monetary), tell us about it and enter these awards.

Innovations can be at any stage of development. It can also include innovations beyond products, systems and equipment, for example: intelligent design, projects, analysis, research, modelling etc. Entries should look to demonstrate benefits such as improved user productivity, comfort, reliability, robustness, efficiency, quality or sustainability.

The list below gives an indication of the broad area covered by this category.


Intelligent and green buildings

  • Intelligent environmental management systems
  • Sustainable energy generation and management
  • Systems integration
  • Embedded sensor technology
  • Combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Energy efficiency
  • Innovative use of natural resources

Specialised systems

  • ICT systems in buildings
  • Security and fire systems
  • Hazardous areas
  • Vertical transportation
  • Care and well-being support systems
  • Communications, entertainment and computing systems
  • Horizontal transportation (such as "travelators" and electro-magnetics including shielding and testing)

Building electrical distribution

  • Power distribution
  • Standby generation and UPS
  • Lighting, emergency lighting, and lighting protection
  • Earthing and bonding
  • Power quality (such as harmonics and electric heating e.g. under floor)
  • Power systems
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Health and safety

Building management and control ‘intelligent cities’

  • Building management systems
  • Access and security control
  • Asset management
  • Systems installation, commissioning and testing
  • Cable management
  • Value engineering and management
  • Electrical safety