Towards NetZero Ireland is a new national construction awards programme devised to encourage and reward those in the industry striving to establish new coordinates for sustainable design in Ireland. The awards will recognise the leadership of owners, developers, designers and managers of buildings who demonstrate significant progress along the path towards net-zero energy and carbon neutrality.
Derek Moroney, Manager, NetZero Awards, explains the objective of the awards: The European Union seeks to be carbon neutral by 2050. What we need now is to move from aspiration to action, to insightful design, appropriate technology, knowledge sharing, data analysis and imagination. These new awards will help drive this critical objective.”
State architect Ciaran O’Conner will chair the panel of awards assessors, which, in addition to others, will also include Michael Curran, Chair, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Ireland; and Mona Duff, Senior Manager, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
The inaugural Towards NetZero Ireland Awards will feature 10 categories
- Commercial building
- Public building
- Industrial building
- Apartment development
- Housing development
- Civil and structural engineering project
- Retrofit of a building
- Design practice
- Net-zero champion
The awards will be presented at a showcase event in the RDS on Friday, 18 November next.
The awards will spotlight buildings that do more with less and respect the environment with good design, land use, landscape design and environmental enhancement. Buildings completed on the island of Ireland up to the end of 2021 are eligible to enter.