UK Green Building Council

Rising Star Award winner

Date released: 
6 Mar 2013

Earlier this year, UK-GBC, along with PRP Architects, launched the Rising Star Award, which honours a member of the built environment community based in the UK who has driven change and innovation around sustainability. In a ceremony as part of our 6th Birthday Reception at Ecobuild, we were pleased to announce Andrew Kinsey, Mace Group as the winner of the inaugural award.

A champion of sustainable timber; Andrew was responsible for the largest project to achieve Full Project FSC Certification with the Athletes Village for London Olympics 2012. He was also successful in influencing the rest of the park to gain certification, resulting in a sustainability legacy of 9 new FSC certified suppliers.

Andrew has engaged with MPs on EU timber regulations and waste, is an ambassador for sustainability within his organisation, and has produced a series of posters to educate contractors – in one successfully communicating the embodied CO2 in bricks by relating them to pints of beer.

The judges were impressed with Andrews work influencing change from site worker to the board room, and it gives me great pleasure to present him with this award.

Congratulations also to Sofie Pelsmakers, Architecture for Change and UCL Energy Institute who the judges thought deserved to be highly commended for The Environmental Design Pocketbook. In 2012 Sofie published the book, a practical guide which uses an innovative approach to communicate better green building approaches to architects. The judges were impressed by Sofie’s ability to take complicated principles and communicate them in a way that is relevant to the target audience, to both promote and enable change.

Well done to all of the other finalists: Marion Baeli, Paul Davis and Partners; Susie Diamond, Inkling LLP;  Tom Dollard, Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects and Tom Lipinski, Ventive who provided great examples of how and why they have served as a catalyst for change in relation to sustainability in the UK building industry as well as how they see their work changing the building industry in the future. 

Thanks to our judges Victoria Kate Burrows, PRP; Su Butcher, Just Practicing; Phil Clark, UBM; Andrew Mellor, PRP; Will Ray, Rockwool and Anna Surgenor, UK-GBC.

The award was set up in memory of Mel Starrs, a prominent built environment practitioner and Associate Director at PRP with a passion for sustainability, who passed away in July 2012. Mel created her Elemental blog in 2006 to share her ideas and thinking about sustainability in the built environment. 

Over 6 years Mel wrote passionately on a wide range of subjects, from Engineering and Science to Economics and Policy, leaving a legacy of writings and thoughts that have inspired numerous like-minded professionals from the building industry to use social media for communicating ideas on green buildings and sustainability to a wider audience. You can read Mel’s blog here.

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