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17 May 2010 | PR 10/85

Loughborough University-led SHINE project wins top award

Loughborough University has picked up a prestigious award from the Sustainable Construction Innovation Network (iNet).

The iNet awards, which took place in April, showcased innovation in the construction industry in the East Midlands.

Loughborough was presented with the award for ‘Best small to medium-sized enterprise/university collaboration’, in recognition of the work it has undertaken in partnership with the University of Nottingham and University of Northampton on the 'Sustainable Homes Innovation Network of Excellence' (SHINE) project.

SHINE is an attempt to evaluate energy performance in a domestic setting and to assess the effectiveness of sustainable technologies over a number of years in new and existing homes.

Loughborough’s Dr Paul Rowley, who accepted the award on behalf of the SHINE project team, said: “We are thrilled to receive the award as the SHINE project is a model of how universities and business can work together to develop, test and benchmark sustainable technologies.

“Not only has the SHINE project brought together leading businesses and universities from across the region to work on holistic solutions for sustainable technology in buildings, it has allowed these organisations to network and develop future projects.”

Speaking after the awards were announced, Director of the Sustainable Construction iNet, Dr John Liddle, said: “This high level of collaboration within the SHINE project meant the Sustainable Construction iNet was able to secure a Collaborative Research and Development grant to support the project, in partnership with funding from the Technology Strategy Board.  SHINE has made excellent use of the support and advice available through iNet and that should be an encouragement to everyone working in the construction sector.”

The Sustainable Construction iNet is funded by East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The aim of the iNet is to share expertise and stimulate the research and development of new products, services and processes.

The Collaborative Research and Development Fund provides grants for companies to access the support and expertise of the region’s universities and technical colleges. The fund requires two or more East Midlands’ higher education institutions and one or more SME construction companies, employing fewer than 250 people, to work together towards a commercial goal that will ultimately deliver competitive advantage.

Businesses wanting to find out more about the Sustainable Construction iNet and the grants available should call 01604 892836 or visit www.eminnovation.org.uk.

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Notes for editors:

1. Sustainable Construction Innovation Network (iNet) award winners were announced from those organisations that have received an Innovation Support Grant or Collaborative Research and Development grant for their leading innovative projects.  Awards were presented for the following categories: Best innovative product or process; Project with the most commercial impact; Best overall innovation support grant project; and the Best small to medium-sized enterprise/university collaboration.

2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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