The assessors will score all of your questions.
Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long. Do not include any URLs in your answers unless we have explicitly requested a link to a video.
Question 1. Proposed idea or solution
How does your proposed approach meet the challenge described in the competition scope?
Provide a description of your proposed idea or solution that addresses the building portfolio upgrade challenge. Briefly outline the target markets for the solution.
You can submit a single appendix as a PDF containing images and diagrams to support your answer. It can be no larger than 10MB and up to 2 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
This question will be scored against this assessment criterion: ‘How well does the proposed solution address the defined challenge?’.
Question 2. Approach and innovation
What approach will you take in Phase 1 and where will the focus of the innovation be?
- the technical approach for Phase 1, including the main objectives of the work
- how you will respond to the opportunity identified, in terms of engaging building portfolio owners, stakeholders and supply chains
- whether the innovation will focus on the application of existing technologies in new areas, the development of new technologies for existing areas or a totally disruptive approach
- how this project fits with your current product, service lines or offerings
- the freedom you have to operate
- the research and development that will prove the environmental and commercial merit of the project
- what might be achieved by deploying the innovation to address the selected challenge
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
This question will be scored against this assessment criterion: ‘Will the outlined Phase 1 approach and outputs be appropriate to take forward for a subsequent application to Phase 2 for demonstration?’.
Question 3. Team, expertise and resources
Who is the likely project team and what are their roles? What expertise do they offer?
- the roles, skills and experience of all members of the project team that are relevant to the approach you will be taking
- the current relationships between project lead and subcontractors and how these will change as a result of the project.
This question will be scored against this assessment criterion: ‘Does the applicant have the skills, capabilities and experience to deliver the intended benefits’?
Question 4. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in your team and project
How is equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) incorporated into your proposed project?
- your consideration of incorporating EDI in the design, development and delivery of your innovation (for example, involvement of diverse end users to understand their needs)
- any potential risks or negative EDI outcomes of your project, coupled to any mitigations you plan to take (for example, unintended exclusion of specific groups)
- how you will ensure that the expected project outputs are inclusive and accessible (for example, in terms of future commercialisation)
- your plans to increase diversity in the composition of the project leaders, team and sub-contractors, taking into consideration any challenges in your sector (for example, recruitment and staff development)
- how you will create an equitable and inclusive work environment for your team and partners (for example any policies and principles of your organisations)
This question will be scored against this assessment criterion: ‘Has the applicant created the right environment for equality, diversity and inclusion in their delivery team?’
Question 5. Project plan and methodology
Describe your project plan for Phase 1 and identify the main milestones. The emphasis throughout should be on practicality of delivery within the 3 month feasibility timescale.
- describe what the main success criteria will be
- describe the main technical, commercial and environmental risks and what you will do to mitigate them
Your milestones must:
- be clear
- be defined using SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound) criteria
- recognise that the feasibility study is a maximum 3 month duration
You must explain how you would handle any intellectual property (IP) issues which might arise during the project.
Include details of how you will maintain freedom to operate and fulfil the IP requirements detailed in the contract if you are working with subcontractors.
Please note information from the finances section will be used to support the assessment of this question.
Question 6. Commercialisation, adoption and scale
How will your solution offer investable, scalable, commercial outcomes that can be procured by public and private sector organisations to address their building portfolio upgrade needs?
- how you will identify a lead customer (local authority or housing association) to work with
- how you will approach and work with a range of stakeholders and adopters for your innovation
- your engagement plan
- how your solution will be commercialised and what will the business model be
- how you will stimulate further investment in your solution and what is your investment plan
This question will be scored against the assessment criterion: ‘Is there a sustainable business model, engagement plan and investment strategy to scale the adoption, use and support of the proposed solution?’