The deanery of St Gerold, in Austria, has been nominated for year’s ‘Constructive Alps Awards’. When assessing the awards, the international jury conducts a comprehensive review of all the sustainable renovation, and new build, projects submitted. It evaluates the aesthetic aspects, as well as the four elements of sustainability: ecology, economy, cultural enhancement, and social impact.
The awards celebrate the connection of the buildings to the public transport network, the choice of ecological building materials or construction method, the impact of a building on the region and the quality of life for the residents.
High, measurable energy efficiency is just one criteria of sustainability. The jury also asks about the life cycles of the materials used. The winners of “Constructive Alps” should also represent sufficiency.