Examples of aerogel use in architecture, construction, refurbishment and monument preservation for the "Aerogel Architecture Award 2021" were submitted. We are searching for the top realized projects of refurbishment from Austria, Germany and Switzerland to showcase the best projects of architects and civil engineers. The best projects selected by our jury will be shortlisted for our Aerogel Architecture Awards ceremony hosted near Zurich at NEST Empa campus, which will give broad recognition to the projects. The projects will be published in relevant international publications and portals. The award celebrates the best projects with regards to energy efficiency, unconventional solutions, high performing buildings solutions with use of superinsulating aerogel materials.

PRESS RELEASE WITH THE WINNERS, July 26th 2021
posters and supporting documents can be downloaded here
Winners and all submissions you can find also at RESULTS section.
 
PROGRAM OF AAA 2021 WINNERS’ ANNOUNCEMENT EVENT:
July 15, 2021, from 15:05 for registered individuals, free of charge 
Announcement is part of AIA forum: https://www.empa.ch/de/web/aia-forum/program
 
15:05  Invitation of attendees of AAA award at last presentations of AIA  (– online only until 16:50, open streamed part)
            Applications and markets III/III
           15:20    Ákos Lakatos, U. Debrecen, Hungary -- Systematic research results of fibrous aerogel insulation
           15:40    Mike O’Connor, Orlanna, France
           16:00    Sebastian von Stauffenberg, AGI, Switzerland
16:20  Closing remarks
 
17:00  Aerogel Architecture Award 2021 (onsite at Empa NEST)
                        Summary of Jury
                        3 presentations of winning projects
                        Award ceremony and reception
18:00-19:00 Nest tours, 2 groups
 
COVID-19 // Due to COVID limitations of the capacity, please confirm your attendance and register for counting of on-site attendees. Please bring your Covid-19 vaccination or recovery certificate, or max. 48h old negative test result (any type). We recomend that you would make your rapid antigen self-test at home at the morning. Alternativelly you can test yourself before the event (antigen test provided , ca. 20 min., outdoors). Face mask are mandatory indoors.
 
REGISTRATION FORM FOR ON-SITE  PARTICIPATION
 
ONLINE STREAMING OF THE AAA 2021 AWARD
July 15, 2021, 15:00 streaming will be accessible at the link: 
 
LINKS TO BUILDING REFERENCES OF THE PARTNERS:
      Fixit - aerogel render Fixit 222,  https://www.fixit-aerogel.com/referenzen   // all insulation renders https://www.fixit.ch/referenzen?maingroup=169
      Agitec - reseller and producer of products with aerogel // https://agitec.ch/page/ueberuns/referenzobjekte/index.php
      Haga - aerogel plaster, https://haganatur.de/ (both conventional render and aerogel render ob-jects)
  
      Advapor - The Advanced Porous Materials Association, group of manufacturers and research teams. http://advapor.org/ 
      Aerogel application portal - aerogelapplications.org, http://aerogelanwendungen.ch/projekte 

 

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CATEGORY
REFURBISHMENT SOLUTIONS / architects and civil engineers / realized projects from Germany, Austria and Switzerland

 

SCHEDULE
August 01, 2020 – Competition announcement and registration opens
May 31 2021 – Project submission deadline (23:59 hours Zurich time) 
July 15 2021afternoon – Winners’ announcement  event, Nest building, Empa Duebendorf  
(on-site and online virtual on the 3rd day of AIA Aerogel Industry - Academia Forum)

 

JURY
Ralf Kilian // Fraunhofer IBP / Preservation of Historic Monuments and Preventive Conservation / Germany
Beat Kämpfen // Kämpfen Zinke + Partner / Switzerland
Volker Herzog // Herzog-architektur / Germany
Manfred Wehdorn // Wehdorn architekten / Austria
Matthias Koebel // Empa / Building Energy Materials and Components / Switzerland

 

PARTNERS
Agitec, FIXIT, Advapor, HAGA, Hasit, Empa

 

SUBMISSION CONDITIONS
Projects should be from DACH countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). The responsible architectural or civil engineering studio can be located anywhere. The award is communicated in English. Projects should be no older than three years. Highly encouraged are submissions of realized projects of refurbishment or protected buildings where the energy efficiency was improved using aerogel insulation materials. Winners will be invited to Switzerland for the announcement event, which will take place at the NEST building at the Empa campus in Duebendorf. The winners will receive a memorial trophy and are invited to shortly introduce their project within ca. 10 minutes. Please send a ZIP or RAR file (max. 20MB) on email  (secretary) untill deadline. Files to download (poster layout).

  • 1 PDF A1 size poster (portrait) with plans, section, photographs and linear drawings (layout for download)
  • 1 MS Word *.docx document with description ca. 300 words of the project (text can be on the poster)
  • 1-3 pcs JPEG - cover photos of the project, which will be used in media and webpages, high resolution
  • 1x detail of use of aerogel based insulation (on the poster), linear technical drawing with emphasized aerogel part (Blue RGB – 95,183,215) and list of materials
  • Fill the survey on aerogel use in buildings (link below)

 

CRITERIA OF EVALUATION

  • Preservation of appearance in case of cultural heritage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Originality of the solution

 

AEROGEL APPLICATION WEBPAGE
with selected materials types and projects of aerogel building applications.
http://aerogelapplications.org

 

SURVEY ON AEROGEL USE IN BUILDINGS
Please participate in our survey on aerogel building applications (DE/ENG) with your project. The form can be filled-in even if the project will be not submitted to the competition. There are no geographic restrictions for participating in the survey.
https://aerogelapplications.limequery.com/437783

 

ARTICLE ON AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN BUILDINGS
Michal Ganobjak, Samuel Brunner, Jannis Wernery,
Aerogel materials for heritage buildings: Materials, properties and case studies,
Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 42, 2020, Pages 81-98, ISSN 1296-2074,
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2019.09.007


Brochure of aerogel use in buildings.

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