Winners of the World Green Building Council’s first Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building have been announced in Singapore, with Te Mirumiru, a bilingual child care centre in New Zealand, taking home the Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance trophy.

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In the Business Leadership in Sustainability category three companies were recognised out of a field of 55: Singapore’s City Developments Limited and Keppel Land Limited, and India’s ITC Limited – Hotels Division.

“The Leadership Awards in Green Building honour companies that are truly ‘walking the talk’ when it comes to sustainability, but also underscore that designing and delivering a green building is just the first step on the road to sustainability,” WorldGBC chief executive Jane Henley said.

“Embedding sustainable business practices takes time. Recognising and rewarding the companies committed to this journey is what sets these awards apart.”

Norman Disney & Young was the only Australian firm to reach the finals of the competition for the business leadership award.

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Global director of sustainability at NDY Tony Arnel, however, was last month recognised at the WorldGBC Chairman’s Awards for his contribution as WorldGBC chairman from 2008 to 2012.

“During his time at the helm of the WorldGBC, Mr Arnel developed a clear council member development pathway, and the WorldGBC’s membership grew dramatically from just a handful of GBCs to 89 councils,” WorldGBC’s chairman Bruce Kerswill said. “He laid the foundations for a network that now exceeds 100.”

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