GBCS Awards: Official provider for climate solutions

“Your exemplary realizations are reproducible and concrete actions to limit global warming below 2 degrees.

I encourage you to enter the Green Building & City Solutions Awards to inspire professionals around the world!”
Christian Brodhag, President of Construction21

Beyond the Paris Agreement, the fight against climate change is also taking place on the field. That’s why, Construction21 accelerates the dissemination of innovation through this international competition of exemplary buildings and eco-districts. The 2015 winners were announced in Le Bourget during the COP21, at the Buildings Day of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction. You will discover this year’s winners during the COP22 in Marrakesh!

Promoting exemplary realizations worldwide
The contest brings real solutions already implemented in existing buildings, and that could be replicated in other places. Beyond the 10 countries covered by Construction21 today, two new organizing countries join the competition: The United States and Colombia. Moreover, the international platform Construction21 will show delivered projects from all over the world. Buildings from China, Scandinavia and Brazil are already announced for 2016, and a “Energy & Hot Climates” category will highlight efficient buildings in tropical and arid environments.

A second competition, dedicated to cities, based on the City21 observatory
Another new feature in 2016 : the competition expands to cities. In December 2015, Construction21 launched a new database describing sustainable urban districts and solutions: City21. A benchmark of 20 eco-districts is already online. Candidates for the Green City Solutions Awards 2016 will enrich the City21 observatory with dozens of additional urban projects, each highlighting sustainable solutions for mobility, energy, resource management, biodiversity, economic development or smart city.

Competing is gaining visibility
The contest, through the great diffusion power of Construction21 and their partners, will showcase these exemplary buildings and urban projects for 1 million professionals to see over the year 2016. All competing buildings will be visible in 2016 and long after on all Construction21 platforms, in each local language.

Independent experts will select the best projects either internationally and in each country. At the same time, field professionals will also elect their favourite realizations through an online vote, again national and international.

Each winning building and urban project will be rewarded with its own video, created by the Construction21 team to present their solutions. These videos will be widely disseminated on the web. Nominees and winners will also be honored especially during the awards ceremony to be held in Marrakesh in November, during the COP22.

Main steps of the 2016 Awards

  • May 10: Launch and publication of case studies (Buildings and Cities)
  • June 26: Closing of applications
  • July: Communication campaign around the candidates
  • September: National juries – Onlien vote (buildings only) & Press conference announcing the finalists of each country
  • October: Communication campaign around the finalists & Jury international – Vote en ligne (bâtiments + ville)
  • November: Awards ceremony during the COP22 in Marrakesh & Communication campaign around the winners

About Construction21
Construction21, social media for sustainable buildings & cities, disseminates information and best practices on sustainable construction for free, among the actors of the building sector. Since 2012, Construction21 offers an international benchmark of 1,200 exemplary buildings and solutions, accessible in each local language and in English.

The Construction21 network*, constituted of 11 platforms, is both local and global. Each platform is managed by a non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable construction in their country. Construction21 reaches a growing number of professionals: more than 500,000 visited the network in 2015 for 1.2 million pageviews. Construction21 aims to create 50 platforms by 2020, starting around the Mediterranean Sea, in Brazil and China.

*The Construction21 network counts 10 national platforms in Algeria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Morocco and Romania. An 11th international platform in English is directly connected to BUILD UP.

Green Building & City Solutions Awards partners
The competition is organized by the Construction21 network with the support of ADEME. Many partners, French or international, are also promoting the competition with their own networks in France and abroad.

Also, companies committed to fighting against climate change, have joined the competition, supporting category echoing their own action against climate change.


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