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Constructive Alps

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Building with sense and sensitivity: Switzerland and Liechtenstein are offering a prize of 50,000 euros for sustainably renovated and newly constructed buildings in the Alps.
How can aesthetic living in the Alps be combined with caring for nature? The “Constructive Alps” architecture prize, offered by the Swiss and Liechtenstein government, intends to provide the answers. The search is on for new and sustainably renovated structures – in industry, private or communal residential buildings, and public buildings – completed in the Alps.

The aim of the prize is to present the Alps as a model region for climate protection issues and to implement the climate action plan agreed upon by the Alpine states in 2009. Liechtenstein was the first to offer and support an Alpine-wide architectural prize for sustainable building and renovation in 2011, with the support of CIPRA. In 2013, 2015 and 2017 CIPRA supported and supports Switzerland in the installment of the “Constructive Alps” project.


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Constructive Alps

For the fourth time overall, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein will award the International “Constructive Alps” Prize for sustainable architecture. The contest aims at honouring the most outstanding sustainable construction and sustainable renovation projects, in accordance with the principles of sustainable architecture across the Alps.

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The Alpine Convention is an agreement between eight alpine countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland) and the European Union signed in 1991. It represents a legally binding state treaty aimed at promoting the protection and the sustainable development of the Alps. Specific measures implementing the principles laid down in the Framework Convention are contained in the eight Protocols to the Alpine Convention. With the adoption of the Action Plan on Climate Change in the Alps, the contracting parties also committed to implementing measures and providing the means necessary to transform the Alps into a model region with regard to climate change mitigation and adapting to climate change.