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CIC Start Online is in The Scottish Green List 2010 of the 20 top projects and initiatives for sustainable development

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The project was delivered from 1st September 2009 until 28th February 2013. All the project outputs (e.g. reports on feasibility studies and academic consultancies, webinars, online conferences and articles published in the quarterly online magazine Innovation Review) can be searched by using key words in our Knowledge Base.


Please note we are in the process of migrating the webinar archive to a new location, since the project has concluded in 2013.  Media will not be available until this has completed.


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Innovations for Sustainable Building Design and Refurbishment in Scotland: The Outputs of CIC Start Online Project (Green Energy and Technology)

Academics involved in the project have published a book which provides an overview of the themes that were addressed through the project in relation to planning of the built environment, sustainable building design, low carbon technologies, modern methods of construction, building refurbishment and retrofit, and testing of building performance.  The chapters refer to the project outputs available in full on this website.


  1. Introduction, Branka Dimitrijevic, Glasgow Caledonian University
  2. Context and policies,  Richard Laing, Robert Gordon University
  3. Planning for Resilience,  Sue Roaf (Heriot Watt University), Rohinton Emmanuel and Branka Dimitrijevic (Glasgow Caledonian University)
  4. Building Design, John Brennan, University of Edinburgh
  5. Technologies, David Moore, Robert Gordon University 
  6. Construction, David Moore, Robert Gordon University
  7. Refurbishment, Paul Baker, Glasgow Caledonian University
  8. Building Performance Evaluation, Tim Sharpe, The Glasgow School of Art



CIC Start Online project aimed to embed sustainable building design and refurbishment into practice. The project assisted Scottish small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and test innovations at testing facilities of the project partners’ institutions.

CIC Start Online has attracted over 2,400 members until November 2013. Membership is open and free. It enables access to the project webcasts. You can join by clicking on the tab `Join our mailing list` at the top right corner of the screen.

Our FREE interactive online webinars have been watched across the United Kingdom and in 53 other countries: Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Netherlands, Nevis, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

We would like to thank everyone who engaged with CIC Start Online project! If you are not a member, you can still join our mailing list at

Our new joint project of nine Scottish universities, led by Glasgow Caledonian University, is entitled Mainstreaming Innovation. Its focus is on integration of sustainable infrastructure into the existing built environment. The project started on 1st April 2013 and is funded by Scottish Government. More information is available at the project website. 

We wish you success in designing more sustainable new buildings and improving the existing built environment, and look forward to the engagement in our new project!

With best wishes,

CIC Start Online consortium & team


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