Construction Improvement Club (CIC) Start Online is a joint project of seven Scottish universities, led by Glasgow Caledonian University, that supports collaboration between academia and small to medium size companies to develop and test innovations for sustainable building design and refurbishment. Other project partners are University of Strathclyde Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot Watt University, University of Edinburgh and the Robert Gordon University. The project started in September 2009 and is funded by European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Government until the end of August 2012.

The collaboration is managed through the competition for funding of 50 feasibility studies and 19 academic consultancies. The joint academic/industry applications are assessed by an independent assessment panel whose members represent Directorate for the Built Environment of Scottish Government, Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers and Scottish Enterprise.

The completed studies are disseminated at seminars in Glasgow which are filmed and transmitted online as interactive webinars. Video recordings of the dissemination events can be accessed on the project website www.cicstart.org. The webinars and video recordings are free to the project members. Membership is also free.

CIC Start Online also organised an online conference on Sustainable Refurbishment which provided seven 50-minute webcasts filmed in collaboration with the project partners. The free webcasts were published in June 2010 and remain available on the project website. The next annual online conference will focus on Resilience of Buildings, Neighbourhoods and Cities.

CIC Start Online also publishes quarterly online magazine Innovation Review, accessible free on our website. The magazine publishes information on the context, support, research and best practice in sustainable building design and refurbishment. At least three case studies or recent projects are published in each issue.