Business model innovation for electric vehicle futures PDF 1,150Kb

With a focus on electric vehicles,  this report explores new business models that can work across the auto industry, transport infrastructure and energy systems. Through exploring and exploiting these links there are opportunities to  improve air quality, tackle climate change, and grow new business models. Business model innovation is needed because new technologies and engineering innovations are currently far ahead of the energy system’s ability to accommodate them.

Redevelopment of Digbeth PDF 689Kb

‘Redevelopment of Digbeth: The Potential for Decentralised Infrastructure’ 

The arrival of HS2 at the new Curzon Street station in Birmingham will drive redevelopment of the close-by Digbeth area, involving a significant amount of new infrastructure.  This case study explores the opportunities for a decentralised approach to infrastructure provision, in contrast to today’s dominant paradigm of large-scale, centralised systems (for example, water and electricity).

Decentralisation PDF 932Kb

Decentralisation: issues, principles and practice

This report aims to assist and inform the ongoing activities of policymakers at the central national and local levels working with decentralisation in England.

2015 Manifesto and mid-term review PDF 1,855Kb

iBUILD Manifesto and Mid-term Review
March 2015

On Thursday 26 March, iBUILD launched a manifesto which draws upon our key findings to date to deliver a series of recommendations to unlock innovative business models for practitioners, local and national government.  The full Manifesto document can be downloaded from here: iBUILD Manifesto 2015‌ and supporting evidence is provided in the reference section

Local Electricty Supply: opportunities, archetypes and outcomes PDF 1,307Kb

‌Local Electricty Supply: opportunities, archetypes and outcomes 
March 2015

This major study, by Stephen Hall and Katy Roelich, shows how local electricity supply business models could be real alternative to the 'Big Six' and offer benefits to the wider energy system and consumers alike, but they face significant barriers and their potential is going untapped. In this report we identify a series of opportunities through which local electricity supply could transform the energy system and the policy and regulatory change necessary to enable this.

Secretary of State: letter of support

Financing infrastructure and built environment adaptation to climate change PDF 459Kb

Financing infrastructure and built environment adaptation to climate change 
October 2015

Over the last 50 years Scotland has seen a significant change in climate – to warmer and wetter weather with more extreme weather events. This poses significant risks to our infrastructure. Yet, we do not have a clear strategy for how adapting our road, rail and energy networks, or our urban and rural built environments should be financed.  Financing infrastructure projects that deliver increased resilience to both current and future climate can be particularly demanding because the benefits of addressing future climate resilience can be challenging to quantify or monetise. The challenges of financing public sector adaptation projects have been explored in a recent project undertaken by Katy Roelich in partnership with ClimateXchange and Adaptation Scotland and supported by funding from the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) network  for the co-production of research outputs. The project report, launched on 28th October, highlights a series of actions that government could take to improve access to finance for adaptation projects. 


Performance Indicators PDF 636Kb

A Critique of Current Infrastructure Performance Indicators:Towards Best Practice

iBUILD, along with ICIF, are currently working with Infrastructure UK to examine the use of Performance Indicators for Infrastructure. As an output from the first phase of this research, an interim report: "A Critique of Current Infrastructure Performance Indicators: Towards Best Practice" of the first stages is now available.


Economic evaluation of systems of infrastructure provision: concepts, approaches PDF 4,666Kb

Economic evaluation of systems of infrastructure provision: concepts, approaches, methods
October 2014

This report, edited by Edited by Andrew Brown and Mary Robertson, presents research on economic evaluation of systems of infrastructure provision by iBUILD researchers and collaborators in a form that is intended to inform policy makers and stakeholders of all kinds, as well as academics. It has arisen through two factors: firstly, the increasing recognition of the importance of sustainable and resilient infrastructure to economy and society by policy makers, businesses and wider civil society; secondly, the wealth of expertise on the economic evaluation of systems of infrastructure provision across the iBUILD Centre.

This work has now been used to inform the update of HM Treasury's Valuing infrastructure spend: supplementary guidance to the Green Book

An Alternative Map of Meanwood Road PDF 4,115Kb

iBUILD/ Tipping Point Commission: Your Road, My Street - An Alternative Map of Meanwood Road

'Your road, my street', aims to tell the story of the road's value beyond it being a means of getting from A to B. It is hoped that the map:
"may provoke some interesting conversations and encourage people to think about the road in a different way. In doing so, perhaps it may act as a signpost towards future design initiatives - positive interventions in traffic and infrastructure that slow cars down; that get commuters to look left and right instead of straight ahead; that humanise the road and turn it back into a street."