Europe Region Leadership Awards Winners Announced

The World Green Building Council Europe Network is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Europe Region Leadership Awards!

The awards were established to promote leadership and inspire best practices in green building policy, construction projects and corporate initiatives.

We congratulate these three winners, that clearly demonstrate why green business is good for our planet, our people and our industry – that it is simply good business.

The winners are:

Leadership in Building Design and Performance:

Green City Court, Prague, Czech Republic

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Green City Court applied a number of sustainable solutions that were ‘firsts’ in the Czech Republic, including a naturally-ventilated atrium, advanced lighting system and waterless urinals. The building was designed to consume 56 percent less energy than a building constructed to meet the Czech building code. Green City Court saves around 5,000 cubic litres of water through efficiency measures and rainwater harvesting which accounts for 25 percent less water used than a typical Czech building.

  

 

Leadership in City-Level Green Building Policy:

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

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Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque Country, commits to sustainability by allocating 15 percent of its total budget to ‘improvement of the environment’. The city’s sustainability policies have delivered a range of positive outcomes, including 45 square meters of public green area per person; 130,000 city street trees; 2010 organic farming plots; and ensuring just 28 percent of journeys within the city are made by car. In 2009, Vitoria-Gasteiz was one of the first European Union municipalities to sign the Covenant of Mayors, voluntarily committing to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources to meet and exceed the EU’s 20 percent carbon reduction objective by 2020. The city’s long-term aim is to become a carbon-neutral zone.

Business Leadership in Sustainability:

British Land, UK

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British Land owns and manages a portfolio of commercial property worth €19.4 billion. One of Europe’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts, since 2009 British Land has set challenging short- and medium-term environmental targets. As of March 2013, British Land had cut landlord-influenced energy by 38 percent compared to a 2009 baseline, saving occupiers €6.6 million and reducing carbon emissions by 39,600 tonnes - equivalent to annual emissions from more than 6,000 homes.

The World Green Building Council Europe Network is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Europe Region Leadership Awards!

The awards were established to promote leadership and inspire best practices in green building policy, construction projects and corporate initiatives.

We congratulate these three winners, that clearly demonstrate why green business is good for our planet, our people and our industry – that it is simply good business.

The winners are:

Leadership in Building Design and Performance:

Green City Court, Prague, Czech Republic

City_Green_Court_Interier_2_small.jpg

Green City Court applied a number of sustainable solutions that were ‘firsts’ in the Czech Republic, including a naturally-ventilated atrium, advanced lighting system and waterless urinals. The building was designed to consume 56 percent less energy than a building constructed to meet the Czech building code. Green City Court saves around 5,000 cubic litres of water through efficiency measures and rainwater harvesting which accounts for 25 percent less water used than a typical Czech building.

  

 

Leadership in City-Level Green Building Policy:

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Medieval_Quarter_aereal_view_city_centre_small.jpg

Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque Country, commits to sustainability by allocating 15 percent of its total budget to ‘improvement of the environment’. The city’s sustainability policies have delivered a range of positive outcomes, including 45 square meters of public green area per person; 130,000 city street trees; 2010 organic farming plots; and ensuring just 28 percent of journeys within the city are made by car. In 2009, Vitoria-Gasteiz was one of the first European Union municipalities to sign the Covenant of Mayors, voluntarily committing to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources to meet and exceed the EU’s 20 percent carbon reduction objective by 2020. The city’s long-term aim is to become a carbon-neutral zone.

Business Leadership in Sustainability:

British Land, UK

British_Land.jpg

British Land owns and manages a portfolio of commercial property worth €19.4 billion. One of Europe’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts, since 2009 British Land has set challenging short- and medium-term environmental targets. As of March 2013, British Land had cut landlord-influenced energy by 38 percent compared to a 2009 baseline, saving occupiers €6.6 million and reducing carbon emissions by 39,600 tonnes - equivalent to annual emissions from more than 6,000 homes.