Innovation Awards

Applications is now closed.
Finalists will be announced on October 15, 2021


The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Innovation Awards promotes innovations in affordable housing solutions across multiple sectors to decrease the housing deficit. The awards seek to demonstrate the importance of strategic collaboration that fosters innovations, especially through people-public-private partnerships. The focus of these awards will be to promote and reward initiatives that address a real need and provide affordable, disaster-resilient, inclusive, and sustainable solutions with an added lens of post-pandemic considerations.

Award Categories


Sponsored by The Hilti Foundation, this category aims to seek and promote technology innovations (product & services) led by the private sector. Priority would be given to technologies that provide practical solutions to affordable housing challenges and can be commercially scaled, to increase impact on low-income households and communities.

Public Policies

This category promotes innovative public policies across all levels of government that help to reduce the housing deficit while taking into consideration specific needs of minorities, vulnerable and marginalized populations. Special consideration will be given to new policies aimed at driving economic growth via the construction of decent housing, fostering people, private and public partnerships, and addressing the impact of COVID-19.

Inspirational Practices

Sponsored by Whirlpool, this category will recognize practices originated by public or public-private partnerships, which contribute to improved communities and settlements and increased access to affordable housing for the most disadvantaged segments of society Innovative practices will be evaluated within the framework of (SDG) 11 “sustainable cities and communities”.

SCP Award

A special sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is being sponsored by EU SWITCH-Asia and will be given to the finalist from the top 12 with the highest score in the sustainability criteria.
For more details, please see Innovation Awards concept note


3 Big Winners (1 per category) get a cash prize of USD 5000

1 Special Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Award sponsored by the EU SWITCH-Asia
to be given to one of the Top 12 innovators scoring highest in the sustainability criteria.

Top 12 finalists (4 per category) will:
1. Pitch their initiatives at the Grand Premiere on December 1, 2021.
2. Get their promotional videos displayed during the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum events
3. Be featured on the APHF website

Jury Members

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury comprised of influential stakeholders in the field of affordable, resilient housing, including representatives from our sponsors The Hilti Foundation, Whirlpool, EU SWITCH-Asia and Habitat for Humanity. Previous winners from the 2019 Innovation Awards will also be included in the jury panels.

The Innovation Awards committee will announce the top 12 innovators on the website on October 15, 2021. They will also be notified via email and be given additional guidance for the submission and development of their videos and  5-minute presentation deck. The videos will be presented at the Grand Premiere on December 1, 2021.

The Grand Premiere will be a virtual event where finalists will pitch their initiatives to a jury panel and a live audience. Votes from the jury panel and the audience will determine the winners in each category. The winner for each category will be announced on December 8, 2021 during the main Asia-Pacific Housing Forum.

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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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