Low-carbon building pioneers named as finalists for the 2014 Ashden Awards

Low-carbon building pioneers Hemcrete Projects, Demand Logic and German firm Kéré Architecture have been named as finalists for the 2014 Ashden Awards, the internationally recognised green energy prize.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society on 22 May 2014. Each winner will receive an award worth up to £20,000 and a national platform to promote their work.

About Hemcrete Projects
Hemcrete Projects is bringing the dream of zero carbon buildings closer to reality with its mess-free, speedily installed, sustainable building panels made with hempcrete. ‘Hembuild’ panels not only offer great thermal properties and the ability to stabilise humidity, but are made-to-measure off site, and slotted together like a jigsaw puzzle to form the building’s walls at building sites later.

Ian MacCarthy, Business Account Manager at Hemcrete Projects said:

“This latest acknowledgement further strengthens Lime Technology’s developing role within the low-carbon and offsite construction sector. Hembuild and Hemclad attracted a great deal of interest last year, having scooped top spot in both the Museums & Heritage and Greenbuild Awards. Both of these centred on the exciting work our offsite construction arm, Hemcrete Projects, has been involved in with Marks & Spencer and the Science Museum.”

About Demand Logic
Demand Logic has created a simple device to give building managers accessible displays and energy-saving tools via a web browser, to help them run their buildings as efficiently as possible. Mining information generated by a building management system (BMS), is usually like looking for a needle in a haystack. Demand Logic’s device can quickly spot whether boilers, chillers or pumps are running when they shouldn’t be, or whether equipment is faulty, which can lead to huge savings. Demand Logic’s client Kings College in London is predicted to cut up to £390,000 off its energy bill this year.

Joe Short, CEO at Demand Logic said:

“We’re a small company doing big things – being a finalist in the Ashden Awards has enabled us to reach new audiences. We help businesses large and small to knock thousands of pounds off their energy bills with our virtual metering technology – it’s fantastic to have our potential recognised by the Ashden Awards.”

About Kéré Architecture
Germany-based Francis Kéré, originally from Burkina Faso, designed and built a school in his home village that, with a ventilated roof and other clever design features, gives a much cooler environment for children to study in. Not only that, the school was built by local people, and largely with local materials. Kéré Architecture has since designed and built over 20 innovative naturally cooled public buildings in Africa.

Says Francis Kéré:

“Being an Ashden finalist has given us another boost to know that our work in improving Burkina Faso’s schools is internationally recognised. This recognition shows the progress that sustainable energy awareness is making in rural Africa. We do the work we do for the people of Burkina Faso and the future of our children.”

Demand Logic and Hemcrete Projects are competing for the Weston Ashden Sustainable Buildings Award. Kéré Architecture is up for the international Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings.

Now in their 14th year, the Ashden Awards champion practical, local energy solutions that cut carbon, reduce poverty and improve people’s lives in the UK and developing world.

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