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Green Infrastructure Design Challenge 2017

Productivity, wellbeing and climatic resilience are the drivers behind the Green Infrastructure Design Challenge being launched at Ecobuild on 7 March. Now in its second year, the competition aims to explore the use of green infrastructure as a building service.

Organised by CIBSE and the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), the competition invites teams to demonstrate creative designs that utilise both indoor and outdoor green infrastructure, such as living walls and indoor planting, to deliver operational solutions that enhance the office environment.

We want to challenge the idea that green infrastructure lives outdoors, and that it can’t contribute to building services such as ventilation or internal comfort.

Sara KassamHead of Sustainability Development at CIBSE

The Challenge is designed to change the way that built environment professionals think about green infrastructure, and to demonstrate its potential as a way to tackle problems such as poor indoor air quality, low resilience to climate change and flagging staff productivity.

Sara Kassam, Head of Sustainability Development at CIBSE, said:

“We want to challenge the idea that green infrastructure lives outdoors, and that it can’t contribute to building services such as ventilation or internal comfort. We need imaginative solutions to integrate green infrastructure into existing and new buildings, and this competition will show us what’s out there.

“As our climate changes, what constitutes ‘good’ building performance changes with it, and it’s imperative we come up with new solutions. Entries need to contain both an overarching green infrastructure vision for the office building, and detailed design provided for a selected floor of the office, to truly demonstrate the effectiveness of its application.”

This competition is open to any individuals or teams, including students through to qualified practitioners and researchers, and submission is through presentation of 2 x A0 posters. Applicants’ submissions can focus on a building they are already or have previously worked on, or apply their ideas to The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at London South Bank University.

Sara will be chairing the Green Infrastructure as a Building Service session at Ecobuild the end of Day One following which the Challenge will be launched.

CIBSE is Ecobuild’s Building Performance Strategic Partner for 2017 and will be showcasing energy and building performance content in our Performance Lab next door to the CIBSE stand (C191) which this year will take the guise of an office in keeping with Ecobuild’s street theme.

Highlights in the Performance Lab include:

Day one
Light, circadian rhythms and wellbeing chaired by Jeff Shaw President of SLL

Day two
Modelling for real life performance: practical tools for excellent design of homes, chaired by Ashley Bateson Chair of the CIBSE Homes for the Future Group.

Day three
Performance not promises chaired by John Field CIBSE President (includes a presentation from our 2017 Building Performance Awards Champions) to encourage debate, knowledge sharing and cross discipline collaboration - the cornerstones of CIBSE, and continued improvement in Building Performance.

The Performance Lab will include the latest on how to guarantee that buildings are efficient and good places to live and work in, how to make the most of what you’re building and what you’ve already got, whether domestic or commercial Good building performance relies on good design, implementation and operation, and how to make the most of renewables and smart building technology.

Further details of the GI challenge including registration for the technical webinar can be found at or contact Dr Anastasia Mylona, CIBSE Research Manager [email protected].