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Start-Up Creation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081005460, 9780081005491

Start-Up Creation

1st Edition

The Smart Eco-efficient Built Environment

Editors: Fernando Pacheco-Torgal Erik Rasmussen Claes Granqvist Volodymyr Ivanov Arturas Kaklauskas Stephen Makonin
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081005460
eBook ISBN: 9780081005491
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 13th May 2016
Page Count: 510
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Start-Up Creation: The Smart Eco-efficient Built Environment provides a state-of-the-art review on high-technology applications and explains how these can be applied to improve the eco-efficiency of the built environment. Divided into four main parts, the book explains the key factors behind successful startup companies that grow from university research, including the development of a business plan, the importance of intellectual property, necessary entrepreneurial skills, and innovative thinking.

Part Two presents the latest research findings on nano and bio-based technologies and their application and use to the energy efficiency of the built environment. Part Three focuses on the use of genetic algorithms, Big Data, and the Internet of Things applications. Finally, the book ends with an entire section dedicated to App development using selected case studies that illustrate their application and use for monitoring building energy-efficiency.

Key Features

  • Presents a definitive guide for startups that arise from college and university research, and how the application of advanced technologies can be applied to the built environment
  • Includes case studies on new advanced technologies and apps development
  • Links startup creation to the eco-efficient built environment through software applications


Academic researchers and industrial professionals working in the civil engineering and construction industry, as well as architects, designers and IT engineers wishing to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the design of energy-efficient buildings

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to start-up creation for the smart eco-efficient built environment

Part One: Business plans, Start-up Financing, Marketing, Creativity and Intellectual Property Marketing
2. Business plan basics for engineers
3. Lean start-up: Making start-up more successful
4. Start-up financing
5. Marketing for start-ups
6. A Minimalist Model for Measuring Entrepreneurial Creativity in Eco-systems
7. Intellectual property

Part Two: Nano and Biotechnologies for Eco-efficient Buildings
8. Nano-based thermal insulators for building energy efficiency
9. Nano-based thermal storage technologies for building energy efficiency
10. Nano-based chromogenic technologies for building energy efficiency
11. Façade integrated photobioreactors for energy efficiency
12. Biotechnologies for improving indoor air quality
13. Bioplastics for building façades

Part 3: Algorithms, Big Data and IoT for Eco-efficient and Smart Buildings
14. Development of algorithms for building retrofit
15. The use of algorithms for light control
16. Big data and cloud computing for building energy efficiency
17. Intelligent decision support systems and the internet of things for the smart built environment
18. App programming and its use in smart buildings
19. Apps for smart buildings: a case study on building security


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About the Editors

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

F.Pacheco Torgal is a Principal Investigator at C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho. He holds the Counsellor title of the Portuguese Engineers Association. Authored almost 350 publications some that were cited by Highly Cited authors (SCI h-index>60) and in high impact factor journals like Nature Reviews Mat. (IF=52), Nature Energy (IF=47), Progress in Mater. Science (I.F=24), Physics Reports (IF=20) and Nature Climate Change (I.F=19). Citations received in ISI WoS journals-2819 (h-index=29), citations received in Scopus journals- 3580 (h-index=31). Citations prediction for the year 2029 (around 5.500 citations on WoS, 7.500 on Scopus (already has 7000 MR, h=45) and 16.000 citations on scholar google). Member of the editorial board of 9 international journals, 4 referenced on the Web of Science and three referenced on Scopus. Grant assessor for several scientific institutions in 14 countries, UK, US, Netherlands, China, France, Australia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, UA.Emirates, Poland and also the EU Commission. Invited reviewer for 133 international journals for which he reviewed so far almost 900 papers. Lead Editor of 19 international books (9 being on the Master Book List of Web of Science).

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Investigator, C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho, Portugal

Erik Rasmussen

Erik Stavnsager Rasmussen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Management, International Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. His research areas include international new ventures and born global firms.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Marketing and Management, International Business & Entrepreneurship, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Claes Granqvist

Claes G. Granqvist is Professor of Solid-State Physics at the Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden. His research is focused on optical and electrical properties of materials, especially thin films for energy efficiency and solar energy utilization. He has written numerous scientific publications, books and proceedings volumes and is a member of several academies and societies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Volodymyr Ivanov

Dr. Volodymyr Ivanov has more than 40 years of teaching and research experience on Environmental, Industrial, and Construction Microbiology and Biotechnology in the universities of Europe, Asia, and USA. He has authored 200 papers, patents, book chapters and 8 monographs. His textbook “Environmental Microbiology for Engineers”, Francis & Taylor, 1st (2010) and 2nd (2015) editions, has been adopted for graduate and post-graduate courses in many universities. His research experience includes the supervision and participation in numerous projects on biotechnologies with biofilms and biogranules, microbial transformations of iron, biocementation, bioclogging, bioremediation of soil, and microbiological monitoring of water quality.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Arturas Kaklauskas

Professor Dr Habil Artūras Kaklauskas is Head of the Department of Construction Economics and Property Management at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

Stephen Makonin

Dr. Stephen Makonin is a postdoctoral fellow in Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include data science, big data, computational sustainability, probabilistic modelling, disaggregation, and nonintrusive load monitoring (NILM). Other interests include open science; the making of hardware and software open source and the creation of public datasets.

Affiliations and Expertise

Simon Fraser University, Canada


"This book is welcome as it fills a gap in the market for eco-efficient scientists who want to understand how their work can make an impact on the industry." --Foreword by Emeritus Professor Derek Clements-Croome from the University of Reading

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