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All RISE for the next generation of green building pioneers

 

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The winners of awards which celebrated research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise in the built environment have been announced by Leeds Beckett University.

Over a hundred industry and academic professionals gathered at the Park Plaza hotel in Leeds for the inaugural RISE awards (#RISEawards). Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute and the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University and sponsored by Saint-Gobain UK, the awards celebrated the most pioneering sustainability research and development in the industry.

Presented by Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett, the awards brought industry and academic bodies together for the first time, to reward innovation across eight different categories representing the four key strands of the RISE Awards; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. In a change from the usual application process, entrants were encouraged to use their creativity and create a one to two page visual poster outlining their project, product or initiative.

Speaking about the awards, Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, said: “The construction industry faces a huge challenge to become more energy efficient and sustainable, reducing the built environment’s contribution to climate change.

The RISE initiative has brought together leading construction partners, all with a keen desire to take the construction sector forward, forging a more sustainable and innovate industry.  The level of creativity demonstrated in the entries to ensure products and buildings are successful in the field was exceptional. Those commended and whom have achieved a RISE award have set a high benchmark on which we can build.

“The strength and diversity of approaches to sustainable design and construction means there is much to build on.   We have set our journey to become, not only a Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett, but one of excellence where the potential that can be achieved through industry and academic engagement is recognised.  Being part of the celebrations that recognise those pushing at the boundaries was an honour.”

Winners and those highly commended on the night were from a range of businesses; from architects to contractors to product designers and construction consultancies. Those who triumphed included Arc Building Solutions in the Field Research category for their innovative Eaves Insulator product, Leeds Environmental Design Associates in the Design, Innovation and Creativity category and BAM Construction who walked away with the behavioural change gong for their project addressing the energy performance gap on their builds. Innovative local developer CITU also picked up yet another award to add to their ever expanding trophy cabinet for their Little Kelham project, this time in the Sustainable Development category. Special awards were also given out on the night to Rockpanel, Yeme Architects and Saint-Gobain. Congratulations to all the winners (a full list can be found below)

The awards were a huge success and a fitting grand finale to the Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held at Leeds Beckett.  This international conference explored how buildings and spaces are designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to address the balance between the built and the natural environment.


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Tom Cox, Research and Development Manager at Saint-Gobain UK added: “Saint-Gobain UK was delighted to support the first ever SEEDS Conference and RISE awards with its vision to support and promote productive academic and industry research partnerships. Our team had an excellent evening which was a fitting celebration to two highly enjoyable days of learning, debate and discussion. We will continue to work closely with the forward-thinking team at Leeds Sustainability Institute in the future.”

#RISEAWARDS WINNERS

AWARD 1 – Field & Laboratory Research

Winner
ARC Building Solutions

Highly commended
Mott MacDonald

AWARD 2 – Product & Element Interface

Winner
Bauman Lyons Architects

Highly commended
Saint-Gobain

AWARD 3 – New Technologies

Winner
Saint-Gobain

Highly commended
C-Probe Systems Limited

AWARD 4 – Design, Innovation & Creativity

Winner
LEDA

Highly commended
Rockpanel

AWARD 5 – Sustainable Development & Energy

Winner
Citu

Highly commended
Green Building Store

AWARD 6 – Heritage Award for Restoration & Retrofit

Winner
Green Building Store

Highly commended
C-Probe Systems Limited

Highly commended
Studio Polpo

AWARD 7 – Behavioural Change

Winner
BAM Construction

Highly commended
Rockpanel

Highly commended
Morgan Sindall

AWARD 8 -Enterprise

Winner
Mott MacDonald

Highly commended
ARC Building Solutions

Special RISE Awards

1. Chair’s Award for Most Innovative & Sustainable Approach to Restoration

Winner
Yeme Architects

Highly commended
Studio Polpo

2. CKE Special Award

Winner
Rockpanel

Highly commended
Collett and Sons

3. Arts, Environment & Technology Special Award

Winner
Wakefield & District Housing

Highly commended
Rex Procter & Partners (Energy Services)

4. Leeds Sustainability Institute Award

Winner
Hill

Highly commended
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

SEEDS Academic Award for Best Poster

Winner
Beverley Clifton Morris and Liverpool John Moores University

Highly commended
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

SEEDS Academic Award for Best Technical Poster

Winner
Mott MacDonald

Highly commended
Martin Fletcher, Felix Thomas and Adrian Appleyard

SEEDS Conference Awards

1. CIOB Award for Best Academic Paper

Winner
Richard Jack, Dennis Loveday, David Allinson and Kevin Lomas

Highly commended
Joe Williams, Doctor Mike Lawrence and Professor Pete Walker

Highly commended
Fiona Fylan, Chris Gorse and David Glew

2. CIOB Award for Best Technical Paper

Winner
Guillaume Lethé

Highly commended
Francesco Pomponi, Poorang A.E. Piroozfar and Eric R.P. Farr

Highly commended
Dave Farmer, Chris Gorse, Dominic Miles-Shenton, Matthew Brooke-Peat and Calum Cuttle

3. LSI Award for Most Pragmatic Approach to Sustainability

Winner
Jody Harris, Andy Dougill and Alice Owen

Highly commended
Rachel Huxley

Highly commended
Ian Adrian Fletcher

4. LSI Award for Contribution to the Field

Winner
Fisayo Caleb Sangogboye, Olaf Droegehorn and Jari Porras

Highly commended
Iqbal Ahmed, Alexandra Klimova, Eric Rondeau and Andrei Rybin

Highly commended
Paul Chatterton

5. LSI Award for Paper Addressing a Developing Need

Winner
Oriel Kenny, Isobelle Logan, Andrew Swan and Jono West

Highly commended
Chuma Sineke and John Smallwood

Highly commended
Anthony J. Smith, Martin Pritchard and Alan Edmondson

6. LSI Award for Paper Addressing a Social Need

Winner
Martin Pritchard, Alan Edmondson, Tom Craven and Theresa Mkandawire

Highly commended
Richard Cozzens

Highly commended
Kevin Thomas and Ian Dickinson

7. SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Built Environment

Winner
Sara Lilley, Gill Davidson, Barry J. Gledson and Zaid Alwan

Highly commended
Fidelis Emuze

Highly commended
James Parker

8.SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Natural Environment

Winner
Agnieszka Knera, James Parker and Alan Poxon

Highly commended
Nicola Caravaggio and Martina Iorio

Highly commended
Hasan Hamouda, Nadine Abu-Shaaban and Eman Al-Swaity

9. Chair’s Award

Winner
Christopher Allen and Katharina Crafford

Highly commended
Erica Marshall, Julia Steinberger, Tim Foxon and Valerie Dupont

Highly commended
Benjamin A J Martin, Dawa Masih, Benson Lau, Paolo Beccarelli and John Chilton

Buildings are a climate change problem … and also part of the solution

Buildings are a climate change problem … and also part of the solution. With buildings responsible for an estimated 40% of all carbon emissions and having a huge influence of lifestyle, commerce and industry carbon reduction efforts, we can now longer afford to incrementally be less bad. And this year, 2015, being a significant year for climate change action, with the COP21 in Paris in December and the imminent release of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it is time to recognise the role of buildings as a climate change solution.

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Beyond Sustainability, as you may have seen in the media, via social media or by invite, is our significant event in London on the 5th Oct. The event highlight will be Jason McLennan’s (CEO International Living Futures Institute) first UK keynote, which promises to be an inspiring call to do more good, as being less bad is not just enough anymore

The event will also include an overview of Living Building Challenge and Well Building Standard activity in the UK from Martin Brown, Fairsnape, and Ann Marie Aguilar, Arup Associates.  Hattie Hartman (Sustainability Editor at AJ) will chair a panel debate, featuring regenerative and well being sustainability activity in the UK from a range of presenters.  In addition John Alker UKGBC will introduce the UKGBC’s new campaign ‘Better Places for People‘ 

There will, of course, be opportunity for Q and A panel debates with speakers.

Please take this as your invite to attend. The event will held appropriately, in the wonderful Royal College of Physicians building on Regents Park. More details and how you can you can still register here.

Jason F. McLennan Keynote speaker:

Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today and the recipient of prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize (the planet’s top prize for socially responsible design), Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after designer, presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world.

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