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2011 Architecture Competition by Zerofootprint : ZEROprize Winners + Architects

25 Mar 2010

Re-Skinning Awards – 2011

Nominations Now Open for 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards

International competition showcases projects that give old buildings new life, reduce their environmental impact

January 24, 2011 (Toronto) – Zerofootprint, a leading organization in the global fight against climate change, along with its partner the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, announced today that it is now welcoming nominations for the 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards. This annual competition celebrates the year’s most successful, holistic building retrofitting projects from around the world.

Docks de Paris Building:
Docks de Paris Building

The Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards invites the best minds in architecture, design, building, and engineering to submit green building projects that demonstrate the innovative use of energy retrofitting technologies. Retrofitting and re-skinning involve the use of design solutions to dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of older, energy-inefficient buildings. This competition seeks to recognize the year’s most progressive retrofitting projects that are making our cities more sustainable.

With outdated insulation, heating, and cooling systems, most buildings are inefficient by today’s green standards. In Toronto, office buildings, shopping centres, and urban dwellings account for 63% of the city’s emissions, and in other major cities worldwide buildings account for 60% to 80% of emissions: 60% in London, 72% in Hong Kong, and a massive 79% in New York. These numbers make it clear that solutions for climate change must include improvements to the aging, infrastructure in our cities.

“The Re-Skinning Awards address the challenge of buildings in our cities, the largest contributors to urban greenhouse gas emissions, head on,” says Dr. Ron Dembo, Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint. “The awards honour the forward-thinking designers, engineers, developers and building owners who are reducing our cities’ carbon footprint, one building at a time.”

New this year is a partnership with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, that will build on the success of the Awards’ inaugural year in 2010, where winners were announced the United Nations World Urban Forum in Rio de Janiero.

“The Daniels Faculty is delighted to partner with Zerofootprint for the Re-Skinning awards, as it’s a great fit with our multi-disciplinary approach,” says Dean Richard Sommer. “The most important design challenges we face today escape the exclusive purview of any one discipline or professional expertise. Successful re-skinning projects are the result of inspired teams modeling new practices in the field.”

A panel of global experts in architecture, engineering, sustainability, and design will judge the entries. A number of world-renowned green leaders and innovators will also serve as advisors. Winning entries will be selected based on eight criteria, including resource and operational efficiency, aesthetics, reproducibility, the use of information technology to make the buildings “smart,” and the social benefits accrued from the retrofit.

The deadline for submissions is 31 Aug 2011. For more information about the 2011 Zerofootprint Foundation Re-Skinning Awards, including detailed entry criteria, visit:

A book of the 2010 Re-Skinnning Awards finalists and winners is also now available on the Zerofootprint website.

Zerofootprint is a socially responsible enterprise with a mission to apply technology, design thinking, and risk management to the massive reduction of our environmental footprint. Zerofootprint operates both in the for-profit and non-profit domains through two entities, Zerofootprint Software and Zerofootprint Foundation. Visit:

The John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, is the leading architecture and design school of its kind in Canada, with graduate study and research programs focused on the development of more climate change sensitive buildings, landscapes, and cities.


25 Mar 2010

Re-Skinning Award – 2010 Winners

ZEROprize Winners

Aidlin Darling Architects – San Francisco (Small/Medium Commercial)
DAHM Arch. – GESOBAU AG (Large Residential)
LAVA – Sydney Tower (Future of Re-Skinning)
Now House, Toronto (Small Residential)
Sparkasse Vorderpfalz (Large Commercial)

UTS tower Sydney
UTS Tower Skin
images : LAVA

Building Re-Skinning Competition – 2010

Re-Skinning competition deadline : 22 Feb 2010

Zerofootprint is offering the annual “Re-Skinning Award” to showcase the most successful holistic retrofitting projects of the year. These are projects that update older buildings to bring their carbon, energy, and water performance to sustainable levels, improve their aesthetics, and make them “smarter.” A related but distinct initiative, the ZEROprize, will be awarded to the first building that is retrofitted to measurably achieve a zero footprint.

North America’s existing building infrastructure accounts for up to 40% of all greenhouse gases produced in the United States and Canada. In cities that figure can surpass 65%. Older buildings while structurally sound often waste precious energy and are a major source of the greenhouse gas emissions polluting our cities. These buildings serve an important role and perform too well to demolish, but not well enough to remain as they are. What is the answer to this unsustainable condition? Together, modern re-skinning and retrofitting technologies offer a solution.
The purpose of the Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award is to stimulate marketdisrupting improvements in the design and development of retrofitting and reskinning technologies. These are the newly evolving technologies and building systems that improve the energy efficiency and livability of older buildings.

Upgrading our existing inventory of energy-wasting buildings will help reinvent our cities while making them more livable.
The Re-Skinning award is offered to architects, engineers, developers, and building owners who push the innovation boundaries of green retrofitting technologies. Either individually or in teams, prize-winners are those people who create replicable solutions that take older, energy-inefficient buildings like apartment towers and commercial high-rises and implement design solutions that move them closer to net zero footprint performance.
In order to stimulate international media and professional interest in the prize, Zerofootprint will run a yearly Re-Skinning Award competition to identify and celebrate the best green building retrofits of that year.

The objective of the Re-Skinning award is to stimulate global interest in new building technologies, an area that the media tends to underreport, and accelerate innovation in a critical industrial sector. Through its website, the Re-Skinning Award will also provide building owners everywhere with quantitative information explaining how green, retrofitting technologies can reduce energy demand, clean our cities, and save them money.

A travelling exhibition is planned for 2011. It will showcase the designs and innovative technologies behind winning benchmarking projects. The travelling exhibition will contain construction materials, designs, images and other materials pertaining to re-skinning. We know that there are hundreds of thousands of existing buildings worldwide that need retrofitting, and the exhibition will showcase solutions that represent state-of-the-art practices in the field.

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