SUSTAINABLE CITY AWARDS 2011 Sustainable Building Award, Winner: Avalon / Tackling Climate Change Award, Finalist: Avalon / Environmental Management in SME’s Award, Finalist: Avalon


Avalon Abseiling Ltd was named as one of the 12 organisations at the forefront of sustainable business practice. Avalon Abseiling picked up hotly-contested Sustainable City Awards from Lord Smith, Chairman of the Environment Agency at a prestigious ceremony at the Mansion House.

Rewarded for their innovative approach to insulating high rise buildings, Avalon Abseiling were among such industry leaders as Linklaters, Bank Sarasin and the Campaign for Clean Air in London in being named one of the Sustainable City Awards winners.

Avalon Abseiling were recognised for their unique project installing cavity wall insulation in high rise Camden flats whilst abseiling, a first for the building industry. The government allocated £84 million to insulate high rise council flats in London to reduce the excessively high heating costs for some of the Capital’s poorest residents. To provide access, scaffolding was the obvious choose yet is the least green form of access. Thousands of tons of CO2 are generated during the production of the steel scaffold tubes and the heavy lorries required to transport the scaffolding are incurably environmentally detrimental. It’s also incredibly expensive and an open invitation to burglars. As a green alternative, Avalon Abseiling worked closely with the London Borough of Camden to develop an insulation system using abseiling ropes. Not only did the method appreciably reduce CO2 emmissions but reduced project costs by over 40% which equates to between £1m and £2m for Camden alone providing the best value for local public funds.

Simon Mills, Head of Sustainable Development at the City of London Corporation comments, “Avalon's achievement is particularly notable as they faced very stiff competition. Despite these being hard times for businesses, we have seen unprecedented numbers coming forward for recognition in this years awards. Green technologies not only offer genuine cost savings, but offer businesses the change to diversify into new products and services that can give them a spring board for rapid growth as the economy thats.”

Avalon were also shortlisted for the categories; Tackling Climate Change and Environmental Management in SMEs.

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