On the eve of World Environment Day, Saint-Gobain India launched the Housing Innovation Challenge as part of its historic worldwide 350 year celebrations. The initiative invites innovators and thinkers across to identify problem areas that arise in housing and to come up with solutions. A dual format competition, the Housing Innovation Challenge brings together professionals and general public. In the professional space; architects, interior designers, planners and engineers are invited to submit entries on possible areas of intervention in the categories of sustainable housing and housing for smart cities. The competition also urges the general public to voice their problems and contribute to the competition by enlisting any housing issues that they may have faced or are facing. Speaking at the launch of the challenge, B Santhanam, President- Flat Glass South Asia, Malaysia and Egypt, Saint-Gobain said, “The purpose of this challenge is to empower the recipients to become agents of change in society and contribute to this very necessity. On Saint-Gobain’s 350th anniversary, we aim to strengthen this commitment even further by becoming the reference for sustainable habitat in India.”
Entries for the challenge have commenced from June 4th 2015 and will go on September 5th, 2015. Participants and enthusiasts can submit their projects and views online on www.saint-gobain.co.in/housinginnovation. The best ideas and proposals will be selected by an eminent jury panel comprising of Prof Krishnarao Jaisim, architects Brinda Somaya and Rahul Kadri. They will lead the winning entries into implementation phase with the help of the team at Saint-Gobain Research India (SGRI). Under the Professional section, the winner of the challenge will be rewarded a sum of Rs 2, 50,000, while the first and second runners up will be rewarded Rs 1,50,000 and Rs 1,00,000, respectively. In the General section, 10 best innovative ideas will be awarded Rs 25,000 each. These awards will be announced in October 2015 and rewarded during Saint-Gobain’s 350 year celebrations in November 2015.
Participants and enthusiasts can submit their projects and views online on www.saint-gobain.co.in/housinginnovation