Sustainable Design

The annual CoreNet Global Sustainable Leadership Awards took place last month in the United States. Presented by a consortium of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), committees on the Environment and Interior Architecture, CoreNet Global and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the awards recognise and reward leaders in environmentally-aware design.

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  June 1, 2006

The annual CoreNet Global Sustainable Leadership Awards took place last month in the United States. Presented by a consortium of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), committees on the Environment and Interior Architecture, CoreNet Global and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the awards recognise and reward leaders in environmentally-aware design. The three distinct categories include awards for: A multinational company in the private sector; a company under $5billion in sales annually in the private sector; and Design (interior architecture). Texas Instruments scooped the award for the multinational company for its dedication to sustainable innovation and implementation with regards to its commitment to zero waste and eco-minded use of resources. Herman Miller was awarded the coveted accolade in the under $5 billion sector. Since its founder, D.J.De Pree, announced the company’s intention to think green, Herman Miller has consistently developed products and manufacturing techniques that fit in with its founder’s ethos and philosophy. It even has a commitment to achieve a completely sustainable business by 2020, which it is naming its ‘perfect vision plan’, in which all hazardous waste and landfill is nil. In the same category, a special recognition was given to Tricycle for its unique digitally modelled paper print carpet samples and its commitment to zero waste. Global architecture and engineering firm, HOK, won in the Design and Interior Architecture category, which was no real surprise as HOK has been honoured on the AIA Committee’s Top 10 Green projects list for six consecutive years now. In addition, HOK’s guidebook for sustainable design published in 2000 has ensured its name is always firmly equated with environmentally-aware projects. In fact, HOK aims to be a world leader in driving sustainable design for every building type, geographical region and budget. No-one can dispute the global shift of emphasis onto sustainability in design, whether it be product recyclability, eco-friendly manufacturing techniques or a commitment to waste reduction. But here in the UAE, such issues do not seem to be so pressing. In the coming months we will be addressing what designers in Dubai are doing, and how we can do better to catch up with our environmentally-astute counterparts in the West.

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