Putting Sustainability At The Heart Of Great Design
30th November 2017
We were thrilled to see Caring Wood unveiled as the RIBA House of the Year 2017 on Channel 4 this week, just months after celebrating its success in the RIBA Regional Sustainability Awards, proudly sponsored by Geberit.
The shortlist for the RIBA House of the Year 2017 , formerly known as the RIBA Manser Medal, was announced over four episodes of Grand Designs: House of the Year presented by Kevin McCloud. Caring Wood was unveiled as the winner during the final show.
Billed as ‘the 21st century country mansion’, this stunning home from architects James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell is designed to use as little energy as possible, with all CO2 emissions fully offset.
It is a fitting link that one of the winners of the Geberit-sponsored Regional Sustainability Awards took the top prize for House of the Year, which is awarded to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK.
More than anything, this award shows that sustainability and great design do not have to be mutually exclusive – which is exactly why we sponsored RIBA’s Regional Sustainability Awards.
Mark Lardon, managing director for Geberit in UK & Ireland said: “Award-winning, sustainable architecture like that showcased on Channel 4 this week is made possible thanks to the vision and skill of talented architects, but also by innovative manufacturers working hard to deliver sustainable product solutions that enable that vision to become reality.
“I’m proud that Geberit sits amongst that company. Sustainability is at the core of our business, from our innovative products and new solutions in logistics, to energy-efficient production facilities and ethically responsible training – which is why we’re so extremely proud to sponsor the RIBA Sustainability Awards.
“Congratulations to all the finalists and especially to everybody involved in the design and construction of Caring Wood. We’re already looking forward to next year’s competition, where we will no doubt be wowed again by the ever-evolving brilliance of the UK’s thriving architect community.”