This award is for the best built environment initiative, whether a new build or retrofit project, which works towards a zero carbon target. Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure built using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient, throughout its life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
New technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, with the objective of reducing the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Prior assessment of the environmental impact of the project, with the aim to review and modify project plans to maximise sustainability value.
- Evidence of minimization of waste from demolishment, if any, and re-use/ recycling of existing building material.
- Efforts to embody sustainability in the structure, limiting the need for future repair works.- The proportion of recycled, reused or local materials in the build.
- Compliance with energy performance regulations and comparison versus standards such as BREEAM, LEED and others.
- Additions and remodels (retrofits) are considered for the award, as reusing a building conserves resources and is definitely a green approach to construction.
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