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From New York to Nottingham

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[ISOVER BLOG] From the Big Apple to the Lace City, or Nottingham as it’s more commonly known, Isover’s international student Architectural Design Competition is coming to the UK

I’m pleased to announce that Nottingham has been chosen as the location for this year’s Multi-Comfort development.

The 2012 competition brief is the creation of a sustainable community living plan for around 12 to 15 families, located in the Trent Basin at the border between the city and the industrial zone.  The aim for students is to design a sustainable neighbourhood development where all buildings meet the criteria of the Saint-Gobain Multi-Comfort Concept. A concept that is based around the internationally recognised Passivhaus performance principles.

Working in teams of up to three, entrants will have to produce a design that not only takes into account constructional considerations but also social and economic aspects.  The architecture of the development must be sympathetic to the local surroundings and it should also help breathe life into the existing urban area.

It’s a far cry from last year’s brief, which asked students to design a sustainable, multi-use tower to be located in the Lower Manhattan district of New York.  But I think this year’s competition will really help to show the potential Multi-Comfort can offer, particularly when it comes to the housing market.

Passivhaus or Multi-Comfort Buildings are above the current Fabric Energy Efficiency Standards (FEES) so, in reality, offer a tried and tested blueprint for developers.  I believe educating the industry on the benefits of building in this way is essential as we move towards 2016 targets and beyond. 

The Isover Student Architectural Design Competition is just one example of the work we are doing to promote low carbon solutions.  Entrants are the up-and-coming architects of tomorrow, so I think it’s vital that we support them in developing creative solutions to meet the environmental challenges facing the industry.

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