REIMAGINING PHYSICAL SPACES AND CONSTRUCTION METHODS

CHANGEMAKER 3D

Website: changemaker3d.co.uk


ChangeMaker’s design process will expand to incorporate smart technology and move towards being energy positive, not just energy neutral. The 3D printing of the external walls is delivered through onsite construction methods. Their printing technology has been proven in Europe, in line with Eurocode conformity. The external walls are extruded using specialist mortar that is cost effective, environmentally-friendly and can even be reused should the homes be demolished.


Problem that it solves

ChangeMaker is focused on meeting the needs of vulnerable families and reducing homelessness. Using 3D printing, they are able to provide cost effective and thermal efficient social housing.


Competitive Advantage

ChangeMaker 3D claim to be the only provider of 3D printed homes in the UK. Insights from their European partners indicate that 3D printed homes are 50% quicker and 30% more cost effective than traditional brick/block methods.


What do they want to do with Places for People

They want to work with industry leading partners who can enhance their business plan, provide strong financial and risk governance and enable them to secure the funding they require for their project. They see their product becoming an innovative and differential part of the Places for People affordable housing stock.



PHYSEE

Website: physee.eu


PHYSEE has developed SmartWindows, which have integrated PV panels and smart sensors, simultaneously generating clean electricity and gathering climate data. The energy is used to operate connected facade applications (air ventilation, sun blinds, lighting, and more), using sensor data and improving the user experience. Everything is connected to the DC grid of the building and it locally stores and communicates the data and power. The end result is a facade of connected SmartWindows and facade elements, locally producing and consuming clean energy.


Problem that it solves

PHYSEE offers energy neutral buildings where user comfort and productivity levels are increased. They produce and consume electricity locally through smart solutions.


Competitive Advantage

PHYSEE’s transparent windows generate both sustainable electricity and data. The information is stored and communicated within EESY, the energy efficient system connected to the grid of a building, which connects data and power with facade applications. This data is used to adjust the facade applications in accordance with the predefined conditions of the user, increasing tailor-made climate conditions. SmartSkin eliminates a loss of energy by locally producing and consuming clean energy.


What do they want to do with Places for People

PHYSEE is looking to receive feedback and guidance and would like to gain valuable insight in to the UK market. They want to validate their product in the market, learn from experienced mentors, expand their network of building innovators and utilise the office space in London.



INTSITE

Website: intsite-ai.com


INTSITE found that the crane is the main bottleneck of every construction site and decided to create the world’s first efficient and safe autonomous crane. They discovered that similar algorithms can also be used with other heavy duty machines, opening up the possibility of smart and connected systems for a variety of heavy duty machinery.


Problem that it solves

INTSITE claim their autonomous crane will allow the building process to become more efficient and also safer. In addition to the increase in efficiency, automated actions and data sharing between all the site management team also allows for 24/7 operation, meaning construction time and budget could be reduced for every project that involves cranes.


Competitive Advantage

Implementing deep learning and machine vision algorithms in order to plan the crane’s trajectory, including avoiding permanent and temporary obstacles, is a new solution to the industry. INSITE believe they are the first to introduce cameras and other sensors in order to imitate the crane operator activity. They believe there are only two competing solutions available, CCTV systems and Anti-Collision systems, both of which are based on simple mechanic products.


What do they want to do with Places for People

They want to get to know the UK market enabling them to understand all the different players involved that will have an impact on adopting, using, or setting the standards and features for their product. They want to use this relationship to improve their business model and connect to potential customers willing to engage in a pilot. They are keen to install the system in a construction site to show the value it offers.