Bird Brick Houses Working with RBS

From thermal imaging to bird boxes and electric cars, I am thrilled to reveal the successful innovations in the Bristol Go Green Challenge that will trial on our Bristol estate.

The 12 successful SMEs will bring a diverse range of solutions to the bank’s Bristol properties and further enhance the city’s green credentials as the UK’s first European Green Capital.

Launched in June this year at Venturefest Bristol & Bath, the Bristol Go Green Challenge sought to source innovative solutions to a range of challenges, including creating the bank’s first carbon neutral branch at Fishponds.

And the response was outstanding; cutting edge innovations poured in from the length and breadth of the UK and further afield to tackle a range of resource efficiency challenges we have across our the Bristol properties. A huge ’Thank You’ to all who took the time to submit to the Bristol Go Green Challenge.

I would also like to thank all our panellists who have brought their wealth of knowledge and expertise to the RBS Innovation Gateway. Your contribution and dedication to the Bristol Go Green Challenge has been invaluable.

The successful innovations to be trialled at RBS Bristol are:

Halcyan Water Conditioners are a passive, eco-friendly solution to hard water which uses alloys to the change the shape and structure of the mineral content to create softer water.

Bird Brick Houses provide essential nest sites for birds whilst fitting neatly into the brickwork of new and existing buildings.

Fleming Box


Green Rewards’ JUMP programme embeds sustainability and well-being in organisations via a platform that tracks positive behaviours and rewards participants for improvements.

EndoTherm by EndoEnterprises is a unique, energy saving central heating additive that helps radiators heat up quicker and stay warmer for longer reducing boiler load and energy use.

ShowerBoB from BoB Products helps people save water, energy and money every time they take a shower by providing a visual reminder of the impact of your shower.

Oxypod, is a compact device that removes air from the water in heating systems resulting in warmer rooms, a reduction in energy usage and an improvement in boiler performance.

Supergreen’s Infrastore is a Far Infrared, open vented thermal storage system that ensures heating and hot water requirements are met with optimal energy use.

IES’ CI2 Technology Led Consulting makes smart use of operational building data together with 3D performance models and real weather data to better manage energy efficiency onsite.

Ocuair Ltd’s IRT Carbon Dashboard can quantify a thermal image to identify the location and range of heat, energy, carbon and money that is being lost though a building’s infrastructure.

Free Flow Valve from Envirowater is a retro-fit, water free urinal system which saves water, prevents bad odour and reduces costs.

PhotonStar LED’s HalcyonPRO is an intelligent wireless lighting system, which uses the behavioural, environmental and energy data that it gathers to deliver the right light at the right time.

E-Car Club is the UK’s first entirely electric pay-per-use car club which provides members with 24 hour access to cars parked in designated local spaces.

Justin Cottle, Head of Large Offices for RBS said: “Bristol Go Green was the perfect opportunity to introduce new, exciting and innovative ways to improve resource efficiency across our properties in Bristol and we were blown away by the response.”

“The successful innovations that will be trialled represent an exciting new stage for the bank, as we aspire to create the bank’s first carbon neutral branch at Fishponds here in Bristol and prove our credentials as part of the Go Green initiative in our office at Trinity Quay. Innovation is central to reducing the environmental impact of serving our customers and supporting SMEs to bring innovative sustainable products to market.”

We will keep you updated with all the latest news and developments from the innovator trials as they progress and indeed future opportunities to trial your innovation with the RBS Innovation Gateway.