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Construction industry puts out the call for sustainable projects

The construction industry's annual sustainability awards are back again for 2012 and on the prowl for entries in five separate categories.

Concrete sustainability awardsThe 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.

And entries for the next Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand’s 2012 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards are now open in:

• Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction
• Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction
• Excellence in Civil Concrete Construction
• Excellence in Concrete Innovation
• Excellence in Concrete for the Community.

A supreme winner will be selected as well.

Now 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.

“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," he said.

“Examples of sustainability come in all shapes and sizes, from the smallest residential job to a multi-million dollar civil project."

The entries will be judged on any of the following criteria:

• Lean production less waste
• Managing natural resources
• Minimising energy use
• Protecting against pollution
• Respect for people
• Setting performance targets

Entries remain open until Friday, August 31 and a winner will be announced at the New Zealand Concrete Industry Conference, October 12,  in Hamilton. More info at www.sustainableconcrete.org.nz