January 25, 2011 08:00 ET

Nominations Now Open for 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards

International Competition Showcases Projects That Give Old Buildings New Life and Reduce Their Environmental Footprint

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2011) - Zerofootprint, a leading organization in the global fight against climate change, along with its partner the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, announced today that it is now welcoming nominations for the 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards.

The Re-Skinning Awards invite the best minds in architecture, design, building, and engineering from around the world to submit building projects that demonstrate the innovative use of energy retrofitting technologies. Retrofitting and re-skinning involves the implementation of design solutions to dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of older, energy-inefficient buildings.

In major cities worldwide, buildings account for 60% to 80% of carbon emissions, which makes it clear that solutions for climate change must include improvements to the inefficient buildings in our urban areas.

"The Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards address the challenge of buildings in our cities, the largest contributors to urban greenhouse gas emissions, head on," says Dr. Ron Dembo, Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint. "The awards honour the forward-thinking projects that are reducing our cities' carbon footprint, one building at a time."

New this year is a partnership with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, that will help build on the success of the Awards' inaugural year in 2010, where winners were announced the United Nations World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro.

"The Daniels Faculty is delighted to partner with Zerofootprint for the Re-Skinning Awards, as it's a great fit with our multi-disciplinary approach," says Dean Richard Sommer. "The most important design challenges we face today escape the exclusive purview of any one discipline or professional expertise. Successful re-skinning projects are the result of inspired teams modeling new practices in the field."

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2011. For more information about the Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards visit:

Zerofootprint is a socially responsible enterprise with a mission to apply technology, design thinking, and risk management to the massive reduction of our environmental footprint. Visit:

The John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, is the leading architecture and design school of its kind in Canada, with graduate study and research programs focused on the development of more climate change sensitive buildings, landscapes, and cities.

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