Green wall at Birmingham New Street station

Green infrastructure design challenge

We’re delighted to once again be working in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) to coordinate the 2017 design challenge on the use of green infrastructure as a building service.

We’re looking for designs that demonstrate how both indoor and outdoor green infrastructure can contribute to the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff, while simultaneously improving the building’s energy efficiency and climatic resilience.

The interaction of indoor plants with heating, cooling, acoustic management, air quality, staff productivity and wellbeing is an exciting and growing area of research: the benefits of green infrastructure don’t need to remain outside the building entrance.

This challenge is open to individuals or teams, students, practitioners, and researchers.

  • Challenge launch: Ecobuild, 7-9 March 2017
  • Submission deadline: 8 May 2017
  • Exhibition of winning designs: Green Sky Thinking Week, 15–19 May 2017

See the Green Sky Thinking Week pages for details of last year’s challenge.

Welcome and introduction to the design challenge

Briony Turner, ARCC network, UKCIP

Design challenge technical brief and judging criteria

Dr Anastasia Mylona, CIBSE

Back to basics – Installing and maintaining GI on office buildings

Gary Grant, Green Infrastructure Consultancy Ltd

Energy performance –the building in its surrounding urban context

Dr Andrew Allen, University of Nottingham

Climate resilience, building performance and drainage

Professor Lynne Jack, Heriot-Watt


Plant selection and maintaining plants with a changing climate in mind

Dr Eleanor Webster, Climate Scientist Royal Horticultural Society

Using modelling to understand the biophysical suitability and predict success of integrating GI into built environment design

Professor Sue Grimmond, University of Reading

Plant selection to tackle air quality indoors and out

Dr Tijana Blanusa, Royal Horticultural Society/University of Reading