Two weeks left to apply for the Ashden Awards, looking for low-carbon building pioneers

Two weeks left to apply for the 2015 Ashden Awards (deadline 4 November).

Free entry to awards; prize fund of up to £20,000.

National green energy charity Ashden is seeking entries for the 2015 Ashden Awards. Now in their 15th year, the Awards uncover the most exciting green building pioneers from across the UK. Entry to the Awards is free, with winners to be presented with an award worth up to £20,000 at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 June 2015.

Ashden is particularly interested in businesses, housing associations and public sector organisations that are helping retrofit existing housing stock, designing energy efficient buildings, changing residents’ behaviour and developing skills in installing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Winner of the 2014 Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings was Hemcrete Projects, which is bringing the dream of zero-carbon buildings closer to reality with its mess-free, speedily installed, sustainable building panels made with hempcrete.

Winner of the International Sustainable Buildings Award was the Indian IT company Infosys, which has slashed $80 million of its electricity bill over 5 years by retrofitting existing buildings and designing new low-energy buildings for its business campuses across India.

In addition to prize money, Ashden offers winners a package of benefits and tailored support designed to help them scale up; a platform to promote their work through events and media coverage; short films about their work and introductions to potential funders and investors.

Said Ian McCarthy of Hemcrete Projects:

“The award serves to acknowledge how effective systems such as Hemclad and Hembuild will be in relation to the future of sustainable and mainstream construction in this country.”