Net Zero Heat: rapid assessment of building fabric performance

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million, for solutions that reduce the cost and time required for assessing fabric performance of buildings against net zero performance targets. This funding is from Innovate UK.



Competition closes: 22 March 2023, 11 am

Applicants notified: 21 April 2023

Project start date & duration: Aug 2023 for 9 to 20 months


The aim of this competition is to accelerate the shift to a net zero economy. The focus is on reducing the cost and time required for assessing the fabric performance of buildings and assuring net zero performance targets are achieved.

Your proposal must be applicable to existing buildings requiring renovation as a priority and be applicable to new buildings or buildings on construction.

Your solutions must be able to assess fabric performance before measures are installed, during construction and re-evaluate heat performance at completion of any building works.

Specific themes

Any fabric performance measurement technique must be:

  • accurate, providing robust verifiable data to inform building fabric upgrade decision making
  • repeatable throughout the renovation and construction phase
  • widely applicable to different building types
  • faster to undertake without sacrificing accuracy
  • delivered at a reasonable cost to ensure widespread adoption

Projects that will not be funded

  • do not focus on the performance of the fabric, for example solutions that focus on heating optimisation or air quality
  • address heat demand reduction through ventilation systems
  • focus on heating systems and system assessment
  • require long-term monitoring solutions and occupant behaviour data to inform outcomes
  • investigate the performance of low and zero carbon technologies or systems that reduce heating demand


  • Applicants must carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • Must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • To lead a project or work alone, your organisation must:
    • be a UK registered business of any size, a research and technology organisation (RTO), charity, not for profit or public sector organisation
    • be or involve at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Funding rates

  • Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £100,000 and £250,000.

For Industrial Research (TRL3-5) you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For Exp Development (TRL 6-7) you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

Research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs.

How PNO can support you

UK team has strong track record securing competitive national and European grants on behalf of its clients, with a full understanding of how a project should be presented to stand the highest chance of success. Each year in the UK alone, we are responsible for the submission of more than 100 funding applications across all sectors and priority areas. Based on this extensive experience, through careful project selection and using key insight into how a project should be best positioned, we consistently achieve success rates over 5 times typical success rates for UK national schemes and EU programmes.

For further information or to discuss a project idea please contact PNO Consultants

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