The Big 5 2016 was yet another packed edition full of brand new features you could be part of, as well as brand new initiatives introduced for the first time. Take a look at what the Live Product Demonstrations delivered, our brand new Tools Demonstrations and returning favourites such as The Gaia Awards.
The Gaia Awards Overview
The Gaia Awards has grown into the industry’s most respected awards honouring those whose construction equipment and products have truly integrated the concept of moving towards a more sustainable built environment. The awards are open to exhibitors whose products are distributed within the MENA Region.
A panel of industry experts with acclaimed credentials carefully select those winners who were expected to demonstrate an exceptional and unique product that has successfully been integrated into the built environment in the MENA Region.
A short history of the Gaia Awards
The Gaia Awards were launched in 2008 to honour companies in the construction sector whose products and services demonstrate a reduction of construction's impact on the environment.
Environmental awareness is becoming increasingly important within the construction industry in the Middle East as new building regulations in the MENA region encourage or require that all new buildings meet international green building standards. The Gaia Awards aim to promote a company‘s responsibility to the environment by recognizing their achievements and providing a platform for companies to highlight their 'green' products and showcase future developments.
After a hugely successful debut in 2008, the Gaia Awards were held again every year during The Big 5 and is now in its eighth year. Named after the Greek goddess of the earth, the awards have proved to be a great success, and have been shown to be much more than just a trophy, they have actually helped businesses contribute to the built environment.
The Gaia Awards Video
Take a look at our dedicated Gaia Awards video, that showcases the Awards live as they happened from the show floor. Take a look at the winners, entries and what they had to say:
The Gaia Awards Gallery
The Gaia Awards Winner
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Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.
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Saint-Gobain has €39.1 billion in sales in 2016, operates worldwide with more than 170,000 employees.