Championing Excellence: Groundbreaking Innovation Takes Center Stage at the Façade Awards

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Celebrating Innovation and Excellence: Highlights from the Façade 2023 Design and Engineering Awards

The recently concluded Façade 2023 Design and Engineering Awards, held at the prestigious Hilton Park Lane, London, were a resounding success, showcasing groundbreaking projects that embody innovation, carbon saving, and refurbishment.

International Triumphs in Façade Engineering

Outstanding Achievements:

  • Bee’ah Headquarters (International Sustainability Award): Located in Sharjah’s Al Sajaa desert, UAE, this architectural marvel achieved a BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum building status. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, its glass-fiber-reinforced concrete façade acts as a protective ‘shield’ against the sun, with 90% regionally sourced materials featuring high recycled content.
  • Google Bay View Campus (International New Build Award): Situated in California, USA, this campus boasts curved bays clad with dragonscale photovoltaic shingles, providing 40% of the building’s energy needs. It has received LEED Platinum certification for its sustainable design and energy efficiency.

UK’s Façade Engineering Triumphs

Noteworthy Projects:

  • Battersea Power Station Phase 2 (UK Refurbishment Award): Recognized for its monumental efforts in transforming the iconic brick landmark, reusing over 36,000 tons of CO2e of legacy carbon.
  • Black and White Building (UK Innovation Award): The full-timber construction of this London commercial office marvel sets a new standard in the industry, achieving an A+ rating in the LETI criteria with 40% lower embodied carbon than an equivalent aluminum system.

Individual Accolades and Achievements

Standout Recognitions:

  • Rocco Boselli (Young Façade Engineer of the Year): An outstanding achievement for Boselli from Eckersley O’Callaghan, demonstrating remarkable expertise and dedication.
  • Dr. Bill Wolmuth (Lifetime Achievement Award): Recognized for his unparalleled contribution to the façade industry, particularly in glass and façade testing, spanning over 25 years.

Presidential Commendation and More

Special Recognitions:

  • Chris Aspinal: Acknowledged with a Presidential commendation from CIBSE President Adrian Catchpole for his significant contributions.

Product Innovations

Cutting-Edge Products:

  • Fineo by AGC Europe (Product of the Year UK): A coating-on-demand service allowing engineers to develop unique coated glass products tailored to their needs.
  • Voltin (Product of the Year International): Recognized for their digital assessment system of a building exterior capable of detecting building defects.

Shaping the Future of Façade Engineering

The Façade 2023 Awards stand as a testament to the transformative power of innovation and sustainability in the field. Congratulations to all the winners and contributors who continue to shape the future of façade engineering.

Source: with additional information added by Apazone

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