Architecture products shortlisted at 2017 Green Product Awards
The shortlist of architectural products competing to win big at the 2017 Green Product Awards has been announced. Nine different products from as many companies scored top honours at the awards with their solutions that promise high performance without any damage to the environmen
“How do we live tomorrow?” is the theme of this year’s awards, so the jury will be on the lookout for sustainable, innovative product design to select the prize’s top winner.
Nine entries are in contention to take the architecture category’s top prizes. In the running this year are eco-friendly paint, wind-powered ventilators, green-minded facades, and more items designed to lower the environmental impact of building work across the world.
You can check out all the competing products below. Do you have a favourite? Let us know what you think.
Power Generating Ventilator - InDare Design, China
Designed for use in regions with particularly windy climates, such as in Africa, InDare Design’s power generating ventilator uses air convection to create electricity. Wind hits the exterior fan, causing it to rotate and convert the air inside a building into vertical air to vent outside.
Force generated by the spinning can be stored as electricity. This can then be used to power the building the ventilator is installed on. InDare believes its product is an all-in-one option for structures to improve internal air quality while generating its own power.
Troldtekt Contrast – Troldtekt, Denmark
Troldtekt is amongst Denmark’s leading suppliers of timber construction elements. Its Contrast range of ceiling panels is in the running for the 2017 Green Product Awards’ top architecture prize. This solution blends timber with wood wool for quality acoustic performance and clashing aesthetics.
Timber is quickly enjoying a resurgence in popularity as a material amongst building professionals thanks for its strength, beauty, and sustainability. Troldtekt uses cradle-to-cradle certified wood to ensure no material is wasted at any point of production, and Contrast panels are recycled to make new examples at the end of their serviceable life.
Varifix® Schnellmontagesystem – Würth, Germany
Translating to “Quick Fix Mounting System”, is, as its name hints at, a system for installing building service installations (sanitary, HVAC, electrical, and fire protection) rapidly. How is that eco-friendly, you might ask? Well, the trick lies with how they are installed.
Varifix® shows how engineers and architects can install these necessary elements so that, once they reach the limits of their serviceability, they can be easily removed and recycled. Würth claims that with this system, which covers 196 separate joining and system components, buildings are turned into “material depots”, ripe for harvesting. By recycling these items, the German-brand claims CO2 levels will drop as intensive production processes will be done away with.
Haussicht – Baufritz, Germany
Germany’s Baufritz has been building homes for decades and it has poured its years of experience into Haussicht. This residential development presents how construction can tackle residential projects without compromising on sustainability.
In short, it is stuffed with eco-friendly materials and put together with environmentally-conscious techniques. The raw wood used for facades and roofing can store up to 140 tons of CO2 a year, for example, and features ceiling-based heating which Baufritz believes is more energy efficient than the underfloor equivalent.
Fassendkonstruktion aus CFK Profilen – Raico, Germany
Carbon-reinforced plastic fibre has had a long, successful life in the aerospace and aviation industry due to its looks, strength and overall performance. Now, Raico is bringing the material to the construction world in a highly sustainable way.
Its Fassendkonstruktion CFK profiles are made from the “waste product” from wind-turbine manufacturing. Structural profiles are also cut using water jets, reducing the levels of CO2 created as part of the production process considerably.
SoilChain™ System – SoilChain, Singapore
SoilChain™ blends geo-technical, environmental, and bio-engineering, to create a building system that allows “various kinds of permanent civil structures to be built without any conventional hard material or substances that could cause chemical reactions”.
Via the use of organic material, SoilChain™ holds high levels of pressure, earth retention, and load surcharge handling capabilities. It is also root-friendly, allowing various kinds of vegetation to grow inside, thus allowing it to absorb greater levels of carbon dioxide, and lower a structure’s overall carbon footprint too.
Solar Pergola – Solavinea, Germany
Solavinea is a product so clever it is a wonder why the concept has yet to be explored further. It is a sunshade that not only blocks the Sun’s rays, but also features photovoltaic cells which allow it to store solar energy and power certain functionalities, such as an inbuilt heater.
The advanced technology of Solavinea combines temperature, light, and rain sensors to optimally align the patchwork of solar cells to a winning combination of shade and energy efficiency in one structure. Inventor Jürgen Grimmeisen and his team are planning to allow Solavinea to include options for infrared heaters, ambient lights, and sound systems, all solar powered of course, to turn this pergola into a kind of outdoors living room.
Sustainable Paint – Graphenstone, Spain
The Graphenstone range of sustainable paints, from the Spanish brand of the same name, claims to be one of the world’s foremost collections of environmentally-friendly coverings. It is made from a hydrated lime base, traditionally obtained with artisanal techniques, that gives it the eco-edge over rivals.
According to the brand, Graphenstone reduces levels of carbon dioxide in the air around where it is applied, is made using recycled materials, promotes energy savings in buildings, and features no carbon footprint during production or application.
Reverse Osmotic Walter Filter – Angel, China
China’s Angel brings an osmotic water filter to the 2017 Green Product Awards, promising more efficient water-usage and general operations.
Featuring a footprint of just 0.65 square metres, this system could be installed in any home to ensure water purity levels are kept high – without any risk to the environment.
Images courtesy of Green Product Awards.
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