COINS Grand Challenge shortlists two UK innovators

BIM+ quoted Purrmetrix co-founder Hermione Crease as saying that using real, measured environmental and energy data, they’re making a step-change in understanding performance of homes when they are built.

COINS Grand Challenge shortlists two UK innovators
COINS Grand Challenge shortlists two UK innovators

COINS Grand Challenge shortlists two UK innovators

Two UK entries have been shortlisted for the 2020 COINS Grand Challenge, which is a global competition organized by Construction Industry Solutions Ltd (COINS) to support innovation within the construction industry.

Cambridge-based SME Purrmetrix has been shortlisted for building a tool for housing (whether occupied or empty) that can be used to assess heat loss. BIM+ quoted Purrmetrix co-founder Hermione Crease as saying that using real, measured environmental and energy data, they’re making a step change in understanding performance of homes when they are built.

He added that such building performance analytics will allow homeowners and managers to get a clear picture of how their homes work, helping them to select the right improvements and confirm that they are effective in reducing energy and keeping homes comfortable.

Meanwhile, University of Sheffield electronics engineering student Krithiga Ravichandran has been shortlisted in the student section of the competition for 3D-printing ‘ant-bots’.

Ravichandran said that as an electronics engineering student inspired by the 4th Industrial Revolution, she researched ways to transition prudently into remote construction. 3D-printing ‘ant-bots’ is a vision that blends additive manufacturing, biomimicry and digital twinning by employing an army of reasonably sized, ant-inspired robots to 3D-print our buildings.

She added that the intended impact is about more than just robotic advancement: it is a chance to help the society, increase the inclusivity of architects, engineers, workers and individuals from diverse economic and social backgrounds to connect and refashion how sustainable spaces are developed and monitored for developing nations and difficult situations (e.g. rebuilding after natural disasters).