Nomination for sustainable innovation

07 Nov 2008 17:19:00.000

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One of the houses in The University of Nottingham’s Creative Energy Homes project — which is a showcase of innovative state-of-the-art energy efficient homes of the future — has been shortlisted for an award in sustainable innovation.


The BASF house, designed and built in collaboration with BASF - the world's leading chemical company — has been shortlisted in the Sustainability Innovation award category of The Sustainable Housing Awards 2008, organised by Inside Housing magazine.


The Sustainable Housing Awards 2008, is the first awards scheme in the UK to focus on the best “green” social housing projects constructed in the UK, and the organisations responsible for them. The winners will be announced at a suitably “eco” awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane on Tuesday 11 November 2008.

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More than 130 entries were received for the awards. They will be presented at a ceremony hosted by impressionist, and keen environmental campaigner Alistair McGowan.


Ted Stevens, Inside Housing’s events director and the organiser of the awards said: “We’ve had a terrific response and BASF has done brilliantly to get shortlisted from such a huge field. Britain is leading the way on sustainable housing and innovative building techniques so we’re delighted we’re able to organise a ceremony to reward the organisations that are delivering best practice.” 

The BASF House is one of six shortlisted finalists in a category aimed at rewarding any type of product or process innovation that will have a big impact on the environment. The judges assessed solutions to technical issues, or new processes for dealing with sustainability. If the innovation could be more widely employed, entrants were asked to estimate the global impact it could have and to include endorsements or testimonials to support their case.


The BASF House, one of six properties being developed as part of the University’s Creative Energy Homes project, demonstrates how raw materials can be used to create an energy efficient and affordable home. The project involves the construction of a ‘green close’ of homes and aims to stimulate sustainable design ideas and promote new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable houses.


Dr Mark Gillott, from the University’s School of Built Environment, is one of the principal researchers on the Creative Energy Homes Project. He said: “It is excellent news that the house has been shortlisted for this award. The ‘Creative Energy Homes’ on Green Close are being developed to inform industry, trial innovative ideas and provide evaluation data from our real life testing. We are therefore very pleased that Inside Housing recognises the achievements associated with this project.”


As a show-case the BASF house is also helping industry accelerate the use of energy efficient products, demonstrating to the marketplace that building products and technologies are available today to reach the 2016 targets. 

Completed and officially opened in January this year the property is now home to two PhD students. They are spending 12 months in the house researching and evaluating the latest energy efficient designs, construction techniques and technologies that have been used to build and equip the property.


Sustainability is one of the most pressing issues affecting the housing sector. Britain’s homes are responsible for a significant proportion of the UK’s carbon emissions — which is why all new homes will have to meet tough new "carbon neutral" standards by 2016.


These awards will recognise those projects and organisations at the vanguard of housing sustainability best practice.


The other finalists are: ruralZED — ZED Factory; SHIFT — Sustainable Homes; SolarRoof — Solarcentury; SystemFirst — Roger Bullivant; and The Lighthouse — Sheppard Robson.



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Notes to Editors

: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.


It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.

Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).  

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.


Additional information

: For more information on The BASF House go to To find out more about the Creative Energy Homes project go to

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More information is available from Dr Mark Gillott on +44 (0)115 84 67677,, Chris Wilson at BASF on +44 (0)161 4885616,
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