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Calling talented students to (high) rise to the challenge

[ISOVER BLOG] Hello and welcome to the Isover Multi-Comfort House competition blog!

It’s an exciting time as we call upon architectural students from universities offering RIBA accredited degree or masters courses to join the community and enter the 2011 contest.

This year we’re stepping it up a gear and entrants will be required to design a tower to be located in the Greenwich South district of Lower Manhattan in New York. As well as being multi-storey, the building must be multi-use, incorporating residential areas as well as public facilities including a gym, library, theatre and hotel.

It should also be designed in accordance with Isover Multi-Comfort House principles, encompassing Passive House components to create a sustainable, comfortable and practical environment. A tall order…? Pardon the pun but, joking aside, we’re confident that talented students across the UK will rise to the challenge and seize this opportunity to showcase their skills.

Why have we decided to focus on a high-rise building for this year’s competition?

Why have we decided to focus on a high-rise building for this year’s competition? Well, the world is becoming increasingly urban and cities are becoming larger and more densely populated but, despite this, the scale and urgency of the environmental challenge facing us is gathering pace. The need for sustainable buildings containing a mix of activities on multiple levels above and below the street is greater than ever so this competition provides a unique opportunity for entrants to demonstrate their talents with the potential to make a real impact on the future of global sustainable development.

More importantly, why should you enter? Well, aside from the potential prize money (£1,000 for the top UK prize winner plus an all-expenses paid trip to Prague for the international final with the chance to win an additional €1,500), shortlisted UK entrants will have the opportunity to gain maximum exposure for their work at Ecobuild 2011. Their work will be displayed to exhibition visitors and will also be judged by a panel of illustrious experts in building physics, Passive House buildings and architecture. Not a bad accolade to add to your CV.

Competition this year will be fierce, but we will be supporting entrants every step of the way. Along with the information on this website, we will also be hosting video lectures and a series of online tutorials starting on 10 November, with advice from our leading experts. What have you got to lose? Register today for your chance to win and gain international recognition - we wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing your ideas for sustainable living in the 21st Century!

  • Helen Tunnicliffe is Marketing Manager of Saint-Gobain Isover

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