The purpose of the Construction Industry’s Innovation Conference is to spotlight the industry’s needs and solutions around innovation. We will hear from eight candidates who have been selected to compete for the Construction Industry’s 2023 Innovation Award.
The award is presented every two years to a company, organisation or team that has made a special contribution to innovation within processes, products and services, and helped create a more sustainable and competitive construction industry. The solution must be functional and be able to document increased competitiveness and value creation.
Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Sigbjørn Gjelsvik, will open the conference by highlighting the importance of improving and developing Norway’s largest and most important onshore industry.
Tor Inge Hjemdal, CEO of Design and Architecture Norway and chair of the jury for DNL’s Innovation Award, will give the jury’s views on this year’s competition and the eight candidates.
The various candidates will introduce themselves:
Candidate 1: “Asak FLYT”
Climate change, torrential rain and urbanisation are generating more stormwater. Our existing stormwater system is not equipped to deal with these new demands, leading to floods and major damage to material assets. According to the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, stormwater costs society between NOK 3.3 and 5.8 billion each year. Asak FLYT, a system consisting of three hexagonal slabs that manage stormwater using infiltration, is one solution designed to meet these challenges.
Candidate 2: “Respo Circular Terrazzo”
The construction industry is responsible for 15–20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Norway. Furthermore, Norway has pledged to cut these emissions by 55 per cent by 2030. This will require all players in the industry to constantly deliver more sustainable solutions. Respo Circular Terrazzo, whose solution reuses construction waste that would otherwise be discarded to produce new, unique terrazzo tiles and floors, is doing just that.
Candidate 3: “Sustainability Panel”
Vyrk AS has made a name for itself with its Sustainability Panel, which has a circular lifecycle and is designed to be the most sustainable panel on the market. The panel has a core of recycled wooden materials and a veneered surface made from different types of wood, such as oak, birch or walnut.
Candidate 4: “SmartKalk”
The Norwegian construction industry is transitioning to a greener and more sustainable future. The launch of SmartKalk Miljø, a programme developed by Holte to calculate and assess the environmental impact of construction projects, is helping facilitate this transition.
Candidate 5: “Init”
The construction industry is responsible for 40 per cent of global emissions, a frightening reality that starkly illustrates the need for radical change. Init, developed by Kvist Solutions AS, may well be the key to such a change. Init is the first end-to-end platform for planning, implementation and management of environmental certificates for the construction and property industry.
Candidate 6: “BEAst Supply”
The BEAst Supply 4.0 project takes the importance of digitalisation and sustainability in the construction industry seriously. By using standardised transaction reports and implementing environmental data into electronic communication, industry players can easily adopt digital tools based on established solutions. This minimises the need for adaptation and enables more people to access important information so they can make sustainable choices and promote greener practices. This initiative will also make it possible to transform the construction industry into a more sustainable and efficient sector.
Candidate 7: “TØRN”
The building supply trade has traditionally struggled to find an efficient way to handle surplus materials. Tørn has therefore focused on developing a service that provides an optimal solution for surplus material dealers.
Candidate 8: “Electrification partner”
Aneo Build supplies “plug-and-play” charging and battery containers. Their most popular product, Hummingbird, is a mobile fast charger on wheels that increases project mobility and flexibility. Their mobile charging solutions will help establish a more sustainable construction industry.
Before we present the award, Helene Friis, Marketing Director at Innovation Norway and a member of the jury, will tell guests about the opportunities Innovation Norway can offer to companies that are looking to launch their innovative solutions on the international market.
Presentation of the Construction Industry Innovation Award 2023 by Jury Chair, Tor Inge Hjemdal
Last year’s winners were Flomkuben
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