Innovation Fatigue Vs The Quest for Better
Innovation is an over-used word that has, inevitably perhaps, lost its impact - even when it’s used in the context of something truly innovative. But that doesn’t mean that we should lose our drive to innovate or cease to be awed by the extraordinary. On the contrary; it simply means that we all need to raise our game in order to take concepts of innovation beyond the homogenous and every day.
It’s a philosophy that lies at the heart of Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s (CSIC) mission (the clue’s in the name!). The organisation has a vision to "Champion innovation and connect Scotland's construction industry to deliver transformational change." Building partnerships between academic expertise, public sector bodies and the private sector construction supply chain, the CSIC has set out to play a key role uncovering and nurturing the construction materials, techniques and technologies that will drive a better built environment in Scotland.
Those are big aims, but they are goals shared by many at the vanguard of – dare I say it - innovation in the construction sector, myself and my colleagues at Ecological Building Systems included, along with the companies across Europe that supply our products. That synergy between our mission and the vision of the CSIC is the reason we chose the organisation as the venue for our Intello Seal of Approval seminar tour in Scotland, with the Glasgow event taking place at the CISC on Thursday 8th November.
Moreover, the chief executive of the CSIC, Stephen Good, will be the keynote speaker at the Glasgow event, providing insights into his approach to identifying and nurturing innovation alongside the talks given by our own expert team at Ecological Building Systems, pro clima and the BBA.
For me, the real positive in all of this is that the construction sector is still hungry for new and better construction materials, techniques and technologies. Organisations like the CSIC are driving a translational research approach that connects academic materials science and engineering with best practice across construction design, consultancy and site disciplines.
Holding events and creating opportunities for knowledge sharing, inspiration and education are an integral part of nurturing innovation and highlighting how science and engineering can translate to genuine improvements in build quality, environmental performance, life cycle and end user comfort. After all, it’s hard to innovate in isolation; theories must be tested and improvements in the materials we use and how we use them must be verified and validated.
The world faces some big challenges in protecting our environment, managing our resources and creating a built environment that is flexible, sustainable and enhances quality of life. Without innovation, in its truest sense, we cannot rise to meet those challenges so we must not allow ‘innovation fatigue’ due to over use of the word stand in the way of our pursuit of better.
If you’re interested in joining us at the Glasgow seminar in November or any of the other four locations on the tour, you can find out more at www.intellosealofapproval.com.
Written By: Penny Randell, Director (Ecological Building Systems UK Ltd)