Case Studies

We have supported over 350 innovation projects working collaboratively with industry, university experts and public sector on research, new products, process, business models and services across Scottish construction. 

Find case studies on this work below.

Advancing industrialisation - modern methods to industrialise the sector

AIMCH - Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes

Working with the UK’s biggest housebuilders, the AIMCH project aims to study the impact MMC has on housebuilding.

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Fire Testing and Guidance on Offsite Timber Frame

Producing the go-to guide on timber frame systems and fire safety by providing in-depth research, full scale testing, and new fire design protocols.

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Manufacturing of Tulipwood CLT panels

A unique partnership of business, academia and applied research came together to manufacture the tulipwood cross laminated timber panels (CLT) for MultiPly.

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Scotland’s largest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building

This project will showcase the advantages of CLT and is expected to influence a market shift in the appetite for CLT.

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Scotland’s first off-site manufactured gold standard housing development

The project sought to pilot offsite volumetric construction for affordable homes delivered to Gold standards.

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Robotically Fabricated CLT Joint

Building low-cost, low-energy, airtight, customisable small-scale, cross-laminated timber buildings entirely off site, in part using robotics.

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Offsite Manufacturing to Improve Onsite Productivity

Comparing advanced offsite manufacturing to traditional methods and its effect on site productivity.

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Offsite manufactured modular roofing system

Development of a modular roofing system that can be mass customised without significantly limiting the design scope.

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Prefabricated Timber-Frame Single-skin Party Wall

This project aim to bring a new party wall building system to market.

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Modular Timber Cladding Panel

The project aims to develop a timber cladding panel system to be used as a sustainable alternative to commonly used composite or metal cladding panels.

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Establishment of Offsite Hub Scotland

Facilitation support to establish an initial group of 7 offsite manufacturers to collaborate across a range of areas.

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Formation of Offsite Solutions Scotland

Building on the good work achieved through the Offsite Hub, the collaboration formed a legal entity and limited company.

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US Offsite Learning Journey

Participation in and support of the delivery of a learning journey to Washington DC and Boston.

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Building sustainably - working towards a more sustainable future

The K-Briq

The project is to assess the feasibility and testing of a novel building material made from 90% recycled material.

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Team ESTEEM - Scotland's Solar Decathlon Middle East Finalist

Team ESTEEM are building an innovative house of the future, built with CLT, powered exclusively with solar energy.

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The Gannochy Healthy Housing Project

This project created a healthy community of 48 homes using Building Performance Evaluation (BPE).

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Insulating Pre-1919 Dwellings with Innovative Superbead Insulation

Testing an insulation method for effectively retrofitting and reducing emissions in Scotland's older dwellings.

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Integra House

This project seeks to design a new truss type that will provide the super structure and envelope for an entire house.

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Establishment of Mass Timber Alliance

A group of stakeholders researching and optimising long-term net zero investment in homegrown mass timber components.

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Commercialisation of Mass Timber

This project aims to fully understand the costs, constraints, and benefits of a mass timber manufacturing facility in Scotland.

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Scotland's First Home-grown CLT House

Delivering a 2-storey modular home made from CLT, NLT & GLT for our partner SNRG.

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Using Hazardous Waste to Enhance Precast Concrete

Using Hazardous Waste to Enhance Precast Concrete

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Bacteria-based Ground Improvement Technology

The proposed project will harness natural biochemical mineralisation processes to reinforce soils, via in-situ injection.

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Concrete products from ash

This project involves designing and testing a technology enhanced natural ventilation solution.

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Improved indoor air quality for use on airtight dwellings

This project involves designing and testing a technology enhanced natural ventilation solution.

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Colour and performance enhanced timber cladding

The project involves testing a cladding system which offers a consistent, lasting desirable pre-weathered finish.

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Waste Tyre derived Acoustic Carriageway Barriers

To carry out acoustic and non-acoustic testing of rubber crumb waste material.

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Passivhaus standard comparative build project

This project will show ‘Passivhaus’ standards can be used to provide high quality housing at a competitive cost level.

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Wind turbine base reuse project

This project will identify beneficial & detrimental effects that may arise if concrete wind turbine bases are removed.

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Environmental Sustainability Performance Criteria Toolkit

CSIC have developed a toolkit for public sector construction procurement.

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Digital transformation - new technology to modernise and digitalise construction

Digital Sensing of Wellbeing in Buildings

An award winning sensing system that lets building managers digitally see data on indoor environmental quality.

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Norscot's Drive for Innovation

Three unique projects that showcase Norscot & CSIC accelerating industrial and digital transformation.

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Air Quality Monitoring with HVAC

To investigate demand-control strategies for HVAC.

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Virtual Showroom prototype for Offsite Manufactured Production

This project aims to enable construction firms to create virtual homes directly from their BIM models.

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Construction product search and comparison tool

This project aims to provide architects with a better digital solution to search, compare and specify products.

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Smart Fence

This project aims to design a remote condition monitoring system (CMS) to continuously monitor rockfall catch fences.

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Build Asset Collection App

To reduce the volume and realise economic value in the 4 million tonnes of construction waste from the Scottish industry.

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Culture change - moving towards collaboration, opportunity, and innovation

Inclusive Value: Developing More Inclusive Workplaces

Uncovering the barriers causing low participation of women in construction and giving employers tools to change.

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Edinburgh Home Demonstrator

This project will show a new business model to transform the productivity and performance of affordable housing.

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Building Resilience in Buildings

A prototype of a world-first Resilience Testing Platform (RTP) to help industry retain strong performance in buildings.

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Establishment of Mass Timber Alliance

A group of stakeholders researching and optimising long-term net zero investment in homegrown mass timber components.

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Formation of Offsite Solutions Scotland

Building on the good work achieved, develop the collaboration further into a legal entity and limited company.

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Offsite Solutions Scotland - Building A Platform For Growth

To increase share of the UK Offsite Construction market valued between £400m-£720m.

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Establishment of Offsite Hub Scotland

Facilitation support to establish an initial group of 7 offsite manufacturers to collaborate across a range of areas.

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Establishment of a Deconstruction Hub

Facilitation support to establish an initial group of 18 organisations to collaborate across a wide range of areas.

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The Emotional Gym

The development of a new housing model to promote the wellbeing of the elderly.

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Profit Through Productivity 2016 - 2017

16 engagement & development events were delivered throughout Scotland by the partners, around productivity opportunities.

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Construction Scotland & CSIC Joint Conference 2016

A key focus of this event was Productivity, with a range of speakers providing their perspectives on the subject.

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Construction Scotland & CSIC Joint Conference 2014

This event saw the launch of CSIC & updated industry on Construction Scotland’s progress.

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Future skills and workforce - CSIC funded Masters' projects and investing in industry skill gaps

Masters' Programme 2020: An 'Other' Playground: Reviving Glasgow's Derelict Space

Christopher Jan Wright; Masters at Glasgow School of Art; Promoting culture over capitalism in Scotland

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Scotland v Denmark: Healthy Buildings compared

Natalie Bain-Reguis: Edinburgh Napier University: MSc Built Environment

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How Scottish/ UK mechanically engineered timber can deliver a more sustainable built environment

Matthew Wallace: Edinburgh Napier University: MSc Architectural: Technology and Building Performance

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Striking Gold - thanks to volumetric construction

Leticia Lupinacci: Edinburgh Napier University: MSc Architectural: Technology and Building Performance

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Lightweight aggregate in concrete structures to reduce costs and environmental impact

Georgia Panagiotidou: University of Dundee: MSc Civil Engineering

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Can UK timber hold its own with imported wood?

Dale Johnstone: Edinburgh Napier University: MSC Advanced: Structural Engineering

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Analysing future flood risk for Menstrie Village in Clackmannanshire

Caitlin McKellar: Heriot Watt University: MSc Water and Environmental Management

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Understanding the structural potential for offsite systems

Ciaran Craik: Edinburgh Napier University: MSc Advanced Structural Engineering

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Nail-Laminated Timber as a viable construction material for large commercial buildings

Astrid Bagireanu: Edinburgh Napier University: MSc Architectural Technology

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The legislative and technological aspects of BIM implementation

Adrian Szalinski: Robert Gordon University: MSc Construction: Project Management

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BIM in Practice Programme

Delivered by CSIC and partners, this included free awareness and implementation events, workshops and training on BIM.

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BIM Level 2: Affordable Housing

CSIC in collaboration with SFHA and Bruach Design and Consultancy developed an intensive 2 day CPD training course.

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HACK_Construct 2016

This hackathon brought together a mix of professionals to solve construction challenges using digital technologies.

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CSIC Post Graduate MSc Programme 2016/17

The programme supported 16 student scholarships during 2016-2017 which were spread geographically across four HEI’s.

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Clients:

We have both supported and collaborated with a range of organisations. Find out who we have been working with below. 

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