Research into Cellulosic Fibres as Sustainable Structural Materials Wins runners-up Award


3 July 2003

Students at the Royal College of Art, Holly Porter from Oxford and Suzi Winstanley from St Helens, were awarded a prestigious BSI Environmental Design Award last night.

They received their runners-up prize of £1,500 at the annual awards ceremony held at the Royal College of Art.

The young designers researched how the bi-products of agriculture, such as pineapple and banana leaves, can be used in building structures and architectural finishes. One application, for example, could be used for interior finishes made from a mixture of plant fibres and organic resin creating a durable and tactile translucent finish.

The BSI Environmental Design Award was established by the British Standards Institution to encourage students at the Royal College of Art to promote research into the effect of environmental and quality standards on the performance of their design. The BSI/Royal College of Art partnership reaffirms the thinking that good design, best environmental practice and profitability can work hand in hand.

Designers are encouraged to consider how their invention will impact on the environment in which they operate, how they can use the environment to enhance their design and how they can highlight environmental challenges through their design.

Sir David John, BSI Group Chairman, presented the award and commented, "I am delighted to be able to present Holly and Suzi with this award on behalf of BSI. Their innovative research highlights the relevance and importance of environmental considerations in the built environment."