The 2018 Green Solutions Awards

The 2018 Green Solutions Awards
Solutions already shaping the zero-carbon city.

On December 6th, in the Framework of COP24 in Katowice (Poland), winners of the 2018 Green Solutions Awards were revealed during a ceremony that gathered nearly 200 industry professionals from all around the world.

Organized by the Construction21 network, the Green Solutions Awards highlights pioneering projects and showcases relevant solutions that are already in use in real buildings, districts and infrastructure, and which can contribute to limiting global warming if used by the largest number. By sharing these solutions with industry professionals committed to sustainable development, the contest contributes to changing behaviors both at the national and international level.

This year’s Green Solutions Award ceremony was held at the Silesian University of Katowice as a follow-up to the Building Action Symposium co-organized with the Global Alliance for Buildings & Construction. Among the guests that attended the ceremony were some leading figures of the environment and construction world such as, Majida El Ouardirhi, General Secretary of the Housing and City Policy of the Moroccan Ministry of National Planning; Alijca Kuczera, Polish Green Building Council; Oliver Rapf, Executive Director of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE); Wang Qingqin, Vice-President of the China Academy of Building Research (CABR), and some representatives of the Solar Impulse Foundation.

2018 Green Solutions Awards international winners

In this 2018 edition of the Green Solutions Awards, 52 finalists (out of 143 candidates from 16 countries), have been reviewed by an international jury composed of 31 experts, including R20 Program Director, David Albertani. For each categories, the collective decision made by the jury sends a message to the market.

This year’s Sustainable City Grand Prize winner is the “Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city South District”. Standing in the new Tianjin Binhai area, the eco-city covers a 30km2 total area and integrates a conservation of resources, environmental protection and social harmony approach. Today, 95% of the district has been built to accommodate 110,000 inhabitants.

In the Sustainable Infrastructure category, the Grand Prize winner is the “smart, sustainable and economical lighting in Copenhagen”. This project is the largest public lighting project in the capital, and is in line with the city’s goals of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. In 3 years, 18,800 light points, half of Copenhagen’s lighting park, have been replaced with LED luminaires. In addition, a city-wide communication network to adjust lighting levels to areas, traffic and identified needs has been established.

The sustainable Construction Grand Prize goes to “Aulario Induva”. A building for the University of Valladolid’s School of Industrial Engineereing (Spain) designed to be fully comprehensive and based on a thorough analysis of preexisting conditions. The building’s design follows two strong passive principles: compacity in a simple volume and optimization of natural lighting. An urban biomass heating network, geothermal and photovoltaic energies were also integrated.

Discover the all categories and international winners here