The results of the 1st Round of the “Russian Future House” Contest of Innovative Projects (www.rusdb.ru) were announced on 5 June 2007 at the President Hotel in Moscow. During the final event of Round 1 – the Russian Future House Forum - the Republican Centre for Technology Transfer presented two building technologies:
- “Low-Cost I-Beams Made of Small-Dimension Wood for Cost-Efficient Construction”;
- “Technology for Rapid Construction of Low-Cost Energy-Efficient Buildings by Mainly Using Local Filling Materials”.
The innovative building methods, techniques, materials that passed to the Round 1 final were presented on 20 June at the Science Park with the Moscow State University. Due to the know-how secrecy and incomplete patenting formalities for the two technologies promoted by RCTT, one of the formal criteria was not met, although put by the Organizing Committee of the Contest, viz. submission of full-scale mock-ups (or prototype show pieces) of the innovative structures, units or pieces. The Contest jury noted that this was the reason that had not allowed the two technologies to be regarded as potential prize winners in their relevant sectors. However, in view of the obvious good marketing prospects for the presented technologies, the Organizing Committee suggested to keep the innovations for the final event of Round 1, the Russian Future House Forum. Also, the technologies were suggested for the next round of the Contest, upon the receipt of the pending patents. Round 2 of the Contest is to be held in 2008.
The relevant patent applications had been issued for the two Belarusian technologies right before the Forum, which allowed disclosing some of the underlying innovative approaches. The new methods would widen the scope of potential raw material sources for the building industry, reduce the power inputs and costs, construction time terms, labour inputs and overall costs by at least three times.
The presentation made by Head of the Technology Transfer Department of RCTT Dr. M.F. Dzenisenka at the plenary meeting of the Forum was of great interest to all the participants. There were many proposals of collaboration in joint commercialization of the two technologies in Russia, as well as in the technologies-related knowledge transfer among Russian construction companies, manufacturers of building materials and potential real estate developers and tenant builders. Thus, in particular, the technologies promoted by RCTT attracted Deputy Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation Mr. Tyrtyshov, the President of the National Agency of Low and Cottage Building, Deputy Chairman of Delovaya Rossia public organization Ms Nikolayeva, Director-General of the Moscow Corporation Glavstroy Mr. Markaryan, Vice Director of the Beta Invest Group Joint Stock Company Mr. Sokolov, the Chairman of the Solnechnyi Dom Housing Association Ms Guseva, Head of the Marketing and Development Department of the Ekodomproekt (Centre for Energy-Efficient Technologies) Mr. Rusakov, Executive Director of the Alpha-Light Consulting Group Mr. Galkin, Expert Editor of the National Projects journal Mr. Meylitsev, several media representatives.
The Forum comprised a few events: the plenary meeting, panel meetings, the awarding ceremony for Round 1 of the Contest, and an exhibition of architectural planning and project design.
The Forum was attended by the members of the Government of Russia, representatives of the ministries and bodies in charge of this sector, members of the Parliament (State Duma), Federal Agency on Construction, Housing and Utilities, members of the Expert Council with the Presidential Council on Implementation of the National Priority Projects and Demographic Policy; managers of the biggest construction companies, representatives of the architectural development and urban-planning complex, directors of finance and investment institutes, representatives of the mass media.