Issue 41 – August 2012
The Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand's (CCANZ) 2012 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards are now open for entry. The Awards offer those in the construction industry the chance to be recognised for their sustainable achievements. In its fifth year, the awards are open to anyone in the construction industry – from architects, designers, and engineers to contractors, builders, and clients.
CCANZ chief executive Rob Gaimster says it is vital to support the industry's successes in the field of sustainability. 'The Concrete3 Sustainability Awards recognise those within the construction industry who are embracing sustainable practices as a genuine business concern.
'By assisting practitioners to share their knowledge and experience, as well as acknowledging their success, the Concrete3 Sustainability Awards are key to raising the bar in terms of responsible design, build and operating practices across environmental, economic, and social areas of endeavour.'
The 2011 Supreme Award was accepted by Peddle Thorp Architects for their revitalisation of an existing Auckland multi-storey office building at 21 Queen Street, preserving its concrete frame and core while creating vibrant and thoroughly modern spaces inside and out. Gaimster says this example of adaptive reuse will quickly become the benchmark for what can be achieved through the imaginative redevelopment of concrete structures in terms of resource management, (embodied) energy efficiency, and design potential.
Wade Jennings, associate director with Peddle Thorp Architects, also believes that New Zealand's existing commercial structures present a tremendous opportunity to reinvigorate urban environments and reduce energy consumption during construction, and improve energy efficiency during occupation. 'Winning the Concrete3 Sustainability Award is a fine endorsement of the collaborative approach and dedication of a talented design team and the vision of a forward thinking client.'
Entries remain open until Friday, 31 August 2012. There are five categories from which a supreme winner will be selected: Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction, Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction, Excellence in Civil Concrete Construction, Excellence in Concrete Innovation, and Excellence in Concrete for the Community.
Summarised from a CCANZ media release, 4 July 2012.