The Christchurch rebuild got the nod at last night's World Green Building Council’s Government Leadership Awards in Warsaw, putting it in good company alongside forward-thinking cities like Vancouver and Abu Dhabi.
Cities from all regions were considered for the awards under the 2013 theme “Global Excellence in Local Green Building Policy.”
Christchurch picked up the Urban Regeneration Award for its policies and initiatives aimed at rebuilding sustainably post-quake.
The overall winner of Best Green Building Policy was Vancouver for its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, recognising its leadership on green buildings, as well as its ambitious targets for all new buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral and to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings by 20 percent over 2007 levels by 2020.
Also honoured was Abu Dhabi, which received the Regional Leadership Award, and Seoul, with a Climate Action Leadership Award.
List of winners:
· Best Green Building Policy: Vancouver, Canada, for its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan – a suite of policies and initiatives that aim to make the city the world’s greenest by 2020 – and its specific goals and strategies around green buildings.
· Regional Leadership Award: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the Estidama Pearl Rating System – a comprehensive program that has implemented mandatory sustainability regulations in a city that previously had none.
· Urban Regeneration Award: Christchurch, New Zealand, for various policies and initiatives effecting a sustainable rebuild in a city devastated by earthquake damage.
· Climate Action Leadership Award: Seoul, Korea, for its One Less Nuclear Power Plant initiative – a three-year initiative that aims to reduce energy consumption in the city.
· Honorable Mentions: Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom, for its Food Growing and Development Planning Advice Note; Cape Town, South Africa, for its Municipal Energy Efficiency Buildings Program; Shanghai, China, for its Green Building and Eco-City Campaign.
The biennial awards were first held in 2011.
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