Innovations for Sustainable Building Design and Refurbishment in Scotland: Outputs of CIC Start Online Project

Branka Dimitrijevic (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This book has been written to provide an insight into innovations for sustainable building design and refurbishment in Scotland which were developed through collaboration of academics and industry, and supported by the CIC Start Online project. During the project delivery from 1st September 2009 until 28th February 2013, a wide range of innovative construction products and processes were developed or improved in response to the industry requests for assistance. The book provides an overview of the themes that were addressed through the project because they indicate the industry needs and the issues that had to be tackled through planning of the built environment, sustainable building design, low carbon technologies, modern methods of construction, building refurbishment and retrofit, and testing of building performance.
The research outputs were disseminated through interactive webinars and quarterly online magazine Innovation Review. The book authors, who are academics from universities involved in the project delivery, highlight some of the case studies available on the project website which remains accessible. The book provides examples of a wide range of innovations and indicates links to research reports, webinars, videos and articles which provide more information. The project outputs have been and will continue to be used by students, researchers and professionals interested in developing a more sustainable built environment.

The seven universities involved in the project delivery would like to thank European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Government for the project funding and to Scottish Enterprise for funding of academic consultancies. The assessment of the applications submitted to CIC Start Online would not have been possible without the voluntary work of the members of the independent Assessment Panel. Dissemination of the project outputs would not be as successful without the participation of the businesses engaged in research with academics. We would also like to thank over 2,300 national and international project members whose participation in interactive online webinars contributed to lively discussions and indicated that the project outputs were of interest to the construction sector worldwide.
Introduction, Branka Dimitrijevic, Glasgow Caledonian University
Context and policies, Richard Laing, Robert Gordon University
Planning for Resilience, Sue Roaf (Heriot Watt University), Rohinton Emmanuel and Branka Dimitrijevic (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Building Design, John Brennan, University of Edinburgh
Technologies, David Moore, Robert Gordon University
Construction, David Moore, Robert Gordon University
Refurbishment, Paul Baker, Glasgow Caledonian University
Building Performance Evaluation, Tim Sharpe, The Glasgow School of Art
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages160
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-0477-6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • sustainable building design
  • sustainable refurbishment
  • academic and industry collaboration
  • Scotland


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  • CIC Start Online

    Grierson, D., Dimitrijevic, B., Sharpe, T., Rohinton, E., Roaf, S., Brennan, J., Muneer, T. & Moore, D.


    Project: Knowledge Exchange

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