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Built Environment Climate change Innovations (BECCI)

Welcome to the BECCI Project

 

The BECCI Project benefits Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Black Country and Marches LEP areas of the West Midlands, by providing free support in the development of products and services that reduce carbon usage.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund till December 2018 to promote sustainable economic growth

Project Overview

The Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund to promote sustainable economic opportunities and growth by working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative climate change solutions within the built environment.

It involves helping businesses develop new or improved energy efficient products, engage with housing providers in the region to support the use of more green products and give SMEs access to the latest information and knowledge on low carbon technologies. Additionally, high quality, technical support is available to:

  • Introduce companies to technology opportunities
  • Assess the company’s route to technologically based progress
  • Provide links to other companies, supply chains and universities.
  • Enable a beneficiary company to identify the next steps

The BECCI project seeks to find the most appropriate support for the company partner by accessing leading technologies within the region, nationally and internationally, to add value, and benefit to the organisation’s commercial performance.

Walsall Housing Group (WHG) look for energy reductions of 50%

On Wednesday the 29th of June the University of Wolverhampton’s BECCI (Built Environment Climate Change Innovations) project teamed up with Walsall Housing Group (WHG), a provider of mixed tenure housing in the Midlands, to deliver an Energy Reduction Challenge.

Neil Young BECCI Knowledge Transfer Manager and WHG challenge project lead explained “We carried out a 6 week investigation that revealed opportunities to radically reduce the energy use of one of WHG’s large offices. We followed this up with an extensive selection process to select 7 local SME’s who had come up with innovative energy saving ideas to present to the high level panel at WHG.”

Steven Davis WHG’s facilities manager said “We are excited to find out what the companies propose and hope we will be able to introduce the best solutions into our Beechwood House office.”

The companies who made it through the BECCI selection process were:

  • Phos Facades - energy efficient technologies
  • Ecosave UK Ltd – energy saving solutions
  • Danlers – lighting controls
  • Matt:e – voltage optimisation
  • Aceon – battery storage technology
  • GA Nicholas Ltd/ Robus – lighting solutions
  • Air control & Development Ltd – air conditioning and ventilation systems

Paul Hampton, Director of the BECCI project and Head of Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton, advised “I was delighted to support the team on the WHG energy challenge. Being a judge on the assessor panel allowed me to see the breadth of ideas proposed to improve the energy efficiency and usability of Beechwood House. I look forward to working with WHG to explore the effectiveness of these solutions.”

About WHG

WHG owns and manages more than 19,000 homes in the West Midlands from their base located in Walsall. WHG became the first social housing provider to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for both Waste and Carbon and have implemented significant resource efficiency measures across the housing stock and in their new office in Walsall. WHG have asked the BECCI team from the University of Wolverhampton to report on how they might reduce energy and the carbon footprint of this aging building.

About BECCI

The Built Environment Climate Change Innovations is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). BECCI is part of the University Of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Science & Engineering.

BECCI supports companies to successfully implement their ideas, strategy and practical leadership in what is an unfamiliar and fast moving competitive sector. BECCI engage with innovative companies, linking with academic experts to drive product and service innovation with products and services which will contribute to the UK campaign to reduce CO2 emissions.  

How BECCI contributes to the University of Wolverhampton?

To be the University of Opportunity renowned for its creativity and innovation, developing students and staff who are entrepreneurial, eminently employable and well-connected within a research and professionally informed environment.

BECCI utilises PHD graduates to provide support to the project and the University is currently seeking a long term relationship with WHG. The University of Wolverhampton as well as BECCI are involved within research which will benefit the community.

What BECCI want to achieve?

BECCI aims to provide a quality student experience alongside studies. Students at the University are recognised as lifelong partners. BECCI aims to enhance student facing facilities. There is an increase in the number of graduates gaining employment as well as each student’s value within the marketplace.

 Students will most likely gain employment by:

  • Completing a 12 month or summer placement
  • KTP/ KEEN placements
  • Providing student projects for companies

The 7 Judges with Steve Davis (WHG Facilities & Environmental Manager) Neil Young (BECCI KT Manager) and Rajiv Dhanjal (University of Wolverhampton IT Consultant), at the WHG Energy Reduction Challenge.

The 7 Judges with Steve Davis (WHG Facilities & Environmental Manager) Neil Young (BECCI KT Manager) and Rajiv Dhanjal (University of Wolverhampton IT Consultant), at the WHG Energy Reduction Challenge.

 

For more information on the WHG Challenge contact: Neil Young (Knowledge Transfer Manager) Neil.young@wlv.ac.uk Contact Number: 07814 140229

For more information on BECCI contact: BECCI@wlv.ac.uk Contact Number: 01902 321028

How Can BECCI Help?

  1. Do you have a product that requires further development or testing?

  2. Do you already have a product that you would like to showcase to potential customers?

  3. Are you looking for the opportunity to exhibit your product to potential specifiers?

  4. Would your company benefit from the support of a University to help you achieve your aims?

What we do

BECCI supports companies to successfully implement their ideas, strategy and practical leadership in what is an unfamiliar and fast moving competitive sector. We engage with companies, linking with our academic experts to drive product and service innovation with products and services that will contribute to the UK campaign to reduce our C02 emissions

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for assistance through the BECCI project organisations must be a West Midlands based SME (definitions below) and be working in or have products or services that support the transition of the Region towards a low carbon economy.

Small to Medium Enterprises - Enterprises qualify as micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises if they fulfil the criteria set by the European Commission, which are summarised in the table below. 

Enterprise CategoryHeadcountTurnover Balance sheet total
Medium-Sized < 250  < €50 million   < €43m
Small < 50 < €10 million OR < € 10 million
Micro < 10 < €2 million   < € 2 million

Interesting Facts

  1. Air leakage in a typical retrofitted house could account for up to 30% of the wasted energy

  2. The typical air tightness in houses built between 1910 and 1920 was 10 air changes per hour and today it is still 10 air changes per hour

  3. Radiant heat heats people, the walls and floors but not the air

  4. Radiant heating panels in the ceiling typically emit 80% of its energy as radiant, whereas in the wall it is only around 20%

BECCI Pilot 2013-2015

In the pilot BECCI project during 2013-2015 the BECCI team successfully delivered over 100 business assists, 3 industry challenges and 2 technology showcases including the inaugural Energy Saving Convention.

 

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CONTACT US:

Built Environment Climate Change Innovations

ML046, Faculty of Science and Engineering

University of Wolverhampton, Molineux Street

Wolverhampton, WV1 1AD

EMAIL: BECCI@wlv.ac.uk

Direct Dial: 01902 32 1028

 

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Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to promote sustainable economic growth

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