Announcing Winners of COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge

Announcing Winners of COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge

Big sustainability ideas triumphed in the inaugural COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge. COINS revealed the winners during a gala dinner and awards ceremony held at Cambridge University's Magdalene College on Tuesday the 8th of December 2015.

Construction Industry Challenge 2016 now open for entries The finalists for the COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge  represented 6 countries and a wide variety of ideas. The 12 finalists presented their ideas in person to the judging panel during the day at the historic Cambridge Union Society. The winners were announced at a gala celebration at Cambridge University's Magdalene College that evening.

Jacob Johnson (USA) was the winner of the New and Emerging Technologies award. Jake is an architectural designer and engineer who is dedicated to projects surrounding sustainable engineering and building. He won for his big idea on Solar Desalination, involving the purification of salt or fresh water without the grid and simultaneously providing a sustainable energy source. He secured a place at Singularity University's 7 day Executive Program.

Toby Quirk (UK) won the Leadership 35 award. His idea centred on improving the environmental impact of construction in the residential sector, by creating government schemes to enforce and reward the development and purchase of greener homes. Toby is on the graduate scheme at Taylor Wimpey Plc and has a BSc in Construction Commercial Management and MSc in Quantity Surveying. He wins a place on the Postgraduate Certificate course at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

The Bouygues UK Special R&D Award, the 3rd big award of the evening, was won by Hermione Crease. Hermoine is the cofounder of PurrMetrix, a company that uses the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics to help improve the performance of HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) in commercial buildings to help to reduce the level of energy used by HVAC systems in the built environment. This award gives the opportunity for PurrMetrix’s idea to be taken forward as part of Bouygues UK’ corporate R&D programme.

Press release - winners of 2015 COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge


Please download the press release for more about the winners, plus statements from Robert Brown, Chairman of the COINS Grand Challenge committee, and Aleksandra Njagulj, Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Bouygues UK.
 

 

The twelve finalists are listed below. Thank you to everyone who submitted an idea. 

Finalist's Name Idea Title Award
Alex C.Y. Wong Building stories: one bit at a time.  Winner, 3-month Bouygues UK internship
Anielle Guedes URBAN3D - Solving the houselessness problem through disruptive technology. Runner up, Leadership 35
Bianca Baciu An initial feasibility study of algae photobioreactor technology.  
Elena Lopez Cüber, a new experience of measuring and drawing projection, surprisingly simple.   
Hermione Crease PurrMetrix – more comfort for less energy from HVAC. Winner, Bouygues UK Special R&D Award
Iain Knowles The use of smart meter analytics to reduce domestic energy consumption and identify further energy saving opportunities within the built environment.  
Jacob Johnson

Solar desalination.

Find out more about Jake and his idea in this COINS Foundation blog .

Winner, New and Emerging Technologies
Nathan Moriarty Synchronising the energy storage capacity of electric vehicles with renewable energy supply, to facilitate decarbonisation of transportation and electric grids.   
Renard Siew Embedding sustainability competencies in the construction industry.  
Tim Errington Creating sustainable domestic refurbishment options/benchmarks for the current UK housing stock. Winner, 3-month Bouygues UK internship              
Toby Ferenczi Smart electric storage heat.  Runner up, New and Emerging Technologies
Toby Quirk

Improving the environmental impact of construction in the residential sector by creating government schemes to enforce and reward the development and purchase of greener homes.

Find out more about Toby in this COINS Foundation blog .

Winner, Leadership 35

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