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Sofie Pelsmakers was 'highly commended' for UKGBC/PRP Rising Star Award in memory of Mel Starrs
Judges comments for the UKGBC/PRP 2013 inaugural Rising Star 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."
Sofie Pelsmakers has been listed as 1 of 100 top Twitter influencers in sustainable construction, design and the built environment (Ecobuild 2012) and in the top 10 of BDtwitter100 2013 and BD's top ten sustainability tweeters (2013).
Sofie Pelsmakers is one of the invited judges of the inaugural 2012 ECOWAN Sustainability awards and writes about it here.
Watch the brief clip in which Sofie talks about the difficulty of shortlisting as the projects were so diverse: from small community rooms and houses all over the world to skyscraper offices and plaza's. Hence as a team we decided to represent the different scales and functions of buildings throughout the shortlisting.
Sofie also makes the point that performance data, i.e. how buildings actually perform, would be useful in the submission of projects to sustainability awards - as this is after all a building's true sustainability test.
Sofie Pelsmakers has been listed as 1 of 20 'women influencing sustainable architecture' in UK by Architects Journal and here.
Sofie's book 'The Environmental Design Pocketbook' has received commendation for the 2012 RIBA President's Award for outstanding practice-located research and as 1 of 100 top Twitter influencers in sustainable construction, design and the built environment.
UK Passivhaus Awards 2012
Sofie has been selected as one of this year's judges for the UK Passivhaus Awards
Publication of The Environmental Design Pocketbook
The Environmental Design Pocketbook', Sofie Pelsmakers, RIBA Publications, published March 2012. All author royalties are used
to support future updates and editions as well as to enable further research in the field.
View Sofie's talk here