Leading UK and international engineering designer RED is one of just six firms shortlisted for the prestigious Building Awards Engineering Consultant of the Year. RED – which was founded as a low-carbon design firm in 2004 – has also been shortlisted in two categories of the Environment & Energy Awards, Renewables Innovation and Innovation Award for Environmental Technology.
The other finalists for Engineering Consultant of the Year are AECOM, Arup, Cundall, Mott MacDonald and WSP. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 18th April 2013. The winners of the Environment & Energy awards will be announced at its award ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, on 16th April 2013.
Waste is Good
RED’s award submissions this year have focussed on its ‘Waste is Good’ approach – the starting point of which is an appreciation that, in effect, nature loves waste. In nature, one organism’s waste is another’s lunch, shelter or breath. The waste produced by our buildings and infrastructure is naturally precious, too. But we’re only now adapting sufficiently well to see how to use it.
RED’s Waste is Good approach targets the exploitation of waste to minimise environmental impact and maximise commercial and social benefits. It’s an approach which removes ‘mindset’ barriers between different aspects internal of a building, and between a building and its surroundings. RED has successfully applied this approach in projects as diverse as an East London data centre (exporting free heat to neighbouring homes and businesses), a large Hungarian food processing plant (recovering sufficient water from air conditioning condensate to supply all of the building’s toilets) and a Kenyan slum (using nuisance plastic bag litter to fuel a power station, providing income for residents and electricity for a local hospital).