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Government unveils £4m green building research competition

The Technology Strategy Board will give grants of £150,000 to £1m to contractors, developers and their suppliers to test out better ways of delivering green buildings.

The board will give up to 15 grants to research ways of delivering large numbers of low impact buildings cheaply, quickly and with very few defects.

The research and development grants, which will be given to consortia including procurers of buildings working with their supply chains, will help the organisations to rethink their design, procurement and construction processes and come up with innovative ways of working to test on a new construction project.

The grants cover up to half of the research costs and both domestic and nondomestic new build projects are eligible. The projects must have development costs of at least £3m.

The Rethinking the Build Process competition opens on 8 May 2012 and expressions of interest must be submitted by 13 June 2012. The strongest expressions of interest will be invited to submit full applications.

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