Innovation Awards

2019 Winners

Construction Innovation for Affordable, Resilient Housing Category
Green Antz Builders
Green Antz develops materials from recycled plastic waste including bricks, walling and pavers and utilizes a holistic system to cover recovery, collection and treatment.

Focus country: Philippines
Our experience with the Innovation Awards gave us a global perspective about the need for affordable and dignified houses. The wider exposure inspired us to be more creative in coming up with solutions that are socially inclusive.
Rommel Benig
President and CEO

Green Antz Builders
Community Initiatives and Spatial Planning Category
Pounamu Bamboo Design & Construction

Pounamu Bamboo Design & Construction is a bamboo design and construction company founded with the vision of bringing economic and environmental benefits to poor, rural communities in Myanmar.

Focus country: Myanmar
It radically reinforced our belief that bamboo was the right renewable building material for affordable homes with the right sustainable harvesting of the bamboo and the right treatment for durability, longevity and, of course with an innovative design for practicality, beauty and to reduce the cost for affordability.
Soe Win Zaw
Operations Director

Pounamu Bamboo Design & Construction
Partnerships and Policies Category
School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor, Leadership, and Service (SKILLS) is a technical vocational institute operated by Primary Structures Educational Foundation that addresses the shortage of workers in the construction sector through partners from the government, businesses and educational institutions. It has also developed an industry certification strategy, the Assessment, Certification, and Accreditation System that standardizes the skills and competencies required by the construction industry.

Focus country: Philippines
The Innovation Awards was a platform for us to share our advocacy with fellow development organizations committed to providing decent shelter for the poor and the marginalized and improving the quality of skills training and education.
Paulette Liu
President & COO

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