The awards are sponsored by CCANZ and are open to anyone in the New Zealand construction industry, from architects, designers and engineers to contractors and clients.
CCANZ chief executive Rob Gaimster says it is important to promote the industry’s success and innovation in regard to sustainability.
“The Concrete3 Sustainability Awards are a chance to recognise those who are leading the way in embracing sustainable practices, and for the industry as a whole to share knowledge and experience, and ensure it continues to operate in the most responsible manner possible,” Mr Gaimster says.
“True sustainability requires the consideration of not only environmental factors, but also the potential economic and social impacts of each project.”
Mr Gaimster says there are five categories from which a supreme winner will be selected — Excellence in Residential, Commercial and Civil Concrete Construction, along with Excellence in Concrete Innovation and Excellence in Concrete for the Community.
“Examples of sustainability come in all shapes and sizes, from a multi-million dollar civil project to the smallest residential job,” he says.
In 2010 the number and calibre of entries in the residential category was extremely high, to the extent that joint winners were announced.
Mr Gaimster says the inherent properties of concrete, such as its thermal mass, fire resistance, acoustic insulation, flood resilience and durability make it an ideal material for residential construction.
“Well-designed and soundly built concrete homes provide comfort, style and strength. I’m sure the residential entries in the 2011 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards will again reflect this fact.”
For more info go to www.sustainableconcrete.org.nz.