Ashden Awards launches 2014 call for entries

National green energy charity Ashden is seeking entries for the 2014 Ashden Awards. Now in their 14th year, the Awards uncover the most exciting green building pioneers from across the UK. Entry to the Awards is free, with winners to be presented with an award worth up to £20,000 at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 22 May 2014.

Ashden is particularly interested in businesses, housing associations and public sector organisations that are helping retrofit existing housing stock, designing energy efficient buildings, changing residents’ behaviour and developing skills in installing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

This year’s UK Gold Award winner was a partnership between the Sustainable Energy Academy and housing association developer and contractor United House. Monodraught won the Impax Ashden Award for Energy Innovation for its revolutionary cooling and ventilation system COOL-PHASE®, which reduces building running costs by up to 90%.

In addition to prize money, Ashden offers winners a package of benefits and tailored support designed to help them scale up; a platform to promote their work through events and media coverage; short films about their work and introductions to potential funders and investors.

Perhaps most importantly, winning an Ashden Award provides powerful third party endorsement from the most esteemed green award in the country and access to an elite network of sustainable energy pioneers.

Says Russell Smith of social housing retrofit advisors Parity Projects, Ashden winners in 2012:

“The great thing about an Ashden Award is not just that you’ve won. It adds weight to a conversation, an offer, a proposal. But even those things have not been as useful as the partnerships we have struck up with other winners through the process.”

Deadline for entries: 5 November 2013