The SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) has developed the buildings as power stations vision where integrated systems allow buildings to generate, store and release their own energy. The centre brings together world class academic and industrial expertise in a range of technology areas that include photovoltaics, solar thermal, heat and electrical storage and cooling. SPECIFIC has unique facilities which include pilot manufacturing scale up facilities, world class research laboratories and innovation space for industrial interactions. The only centre developing the complete Buildings as Power Stations concept, SPECIFIC’s goal is to nucleate a new industry and close the gap between research and exploitation.