Impact Awards 2024 - October 7th, 2024

By Expo Real + European PropTech Association.

About

About the award

Expo Real and European Proptech Association have joined forces to bring forward the Impact Awards 2024

Organised for the first time in the rich history of Expo Real, the Impact Awards 2024 aim to give visibility and support to the most impactful projects of real estate and construction companies, as well as to innovative companies in real estate technology. These pan-European Awards are supported by leading industry partners and the European institutions, with a clear mission to become the reference competition in Impact.

The competition has two separate tracks: track 1 for the most innovative impactful tech solutions and track 2 for the most impactful projects in real estate and construction (2023-2024)

The track of the competition for innovative impactful tech solutions is supported, under the umbrella of StartUp Europe Awards, by the European Commission, the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee and several members of the European Parliament.

ESG is not sustainability, and disclosure is not Impact.

Stating ESG metrics is one thing, generating and measuring true impact is however a completely different approach. The Impact Awards 2024 are focused on

Impact: the measured generated positive effect of the projects or solutions on people and the planet. The Impact Awards 2024 enjoy the support of 70 C-level executives in real estate, construction and technology, as well as professionals from the European Commission, which guarantees a balanced and truly objective validation of the most impactful projects or ventures in Europe.

The New European Bauhaus principles: leitmotiv for the Impact Awards 2024

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) has become a central pillar within the EU Green Deal since January 2024. ExpoReal and the European PropTech Association are honoured to have Miss Alina UJUPAN, Director of the NEB, as a keynote speaker on October 7th, 2024.
We have therefore aligned the criteria of the Impact Awards 2024 with the principles of the NEB: “Beautiful, Sustainable, Together”.

Awards

Timeline

June 10th to August 15th, 2024

Track 1 Application Deadline

Track 1 Application Deadline. Open to startups and scale-ups, this track seeks groundbreaking tech solutions with measurable positive impacts on people and the planet.

June 10th to August 31st, 2024

Track 2 Application Deadline

Track 2 Application Deadline. Focuses on Impact projects from real estate and construction companies demonstrating significant societal and environmental impacts.

June 15th to August 20th 2024

Track 1 Judging Deadline

Track 1 Jury Deliberations. International industry experts and judges will independently review all submissions in line with the stated criteria.

June 15th to September 20th 2024

Track 2 Judging Deadline

Track 2 Judging Deadline. International industry experts and judges will independently review all submissions in line with the stated criteria.

October 7th, 2024

Live Finals Track 1 & Track 2

The live finals will take place amongst shortlisted participants. Join us for Expo Real 2024 Impact Awards in Müssen, Munich.

Categories

Track 1 Startups

Finance & Invest, incl. ESG Reporting

The start of any real estate project, the selection of the site, the investment and financing phase.

  • New financing models
  • Technologies
  • New investment models
  • Technologies assisting in integrating ESG factors and Sustainability requirements from the conception phase

Design and Construct, incl. Raw Materials

The design of the buildings, the execution of the construction works, up to the handover of the buildings. Also includes new materials for construction.

  • Technologies enabling faster and more accurate designs, using AI
  • Solutions reducing costs during the construction process
  • Technologies allowing to build faster and more accurate

Market and Transact

Commercialization of buildings: bringing the building to the market and prepare and execute transactions

  • Solutions bringing the asset faster to the market
  • Technologies enabling faster and more secure transactions
  • Solutions reducing the costs of commercialization
  • Technologies automating the valuation of assets

Property and Asset Management

Overseeing real estate properties and investments to maximize their value and performance. This includes managing leases, maintenance, financial planning, and compliance with regulations, ensuring optimal returns for property owners and investors.

  • Technologies assisting in data capturing, or ESG reporting or increasing the sustainable impact
  • Solutions enhancing cybersecurity capabilities
  • Technologies for CO2 capture and storage

Social Impact (Live & Work)

New technology, or service (access controls, air quality monitoring, community management solutions) impacting the end-user experience.

  • Solutions for access controls and security
  • Solutions for air quality monitoring
  • Community management solutions
  • Solutions for an inclusive living and working environment

Energy Efficiency

Contributing to sustainability and compliance through energy efficiency solutions, technology, and products.

  • Technology which tracks & meaningfully reduces energy consumption.
  • Ability to align with Green Building Standards and EU Compliance.
  • Breakthrough HVAC technologies.

Track 2 Projects

Best Total Circularity Project

Celebrating innovative projects that maximize resource efficiency, minimize waste, and create sustainable, closed-loop systems, setting a benchmark for circular economy practices in the real estate sector.

This includes beyond the lifecycle with specific focus on alignment with NEB aspect of “Sustainable”.

  • Impact of Total Circularity regarding beyond the lifecycle.
  • Impact of Total Circularity project on job creation in green sectors.
  • Impact of Total Circularity project on public awareness of sustainability.
  • Impact of Total Circularity project on resource efficiency.
  • Impact of Total Circularity project on long-term community resilience and sustainability.
  • Impact of Total Circularity project on innovation in recycling and reuse.
  • Impact of Total Circularity project on product lifecycle management.
  • Impact of Total Circularity project on resource efficiency.

Best Architectural Project

Honoring outstanding architectural designs that blend creativity, functionality, and sustainability, enhancing the built environment and inspiring future developments.

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “Beautiful, Sustainable, Together ”.

  • Impact of Architectural project on local residents.
  • Impact of Architectural project on environment.
  • Impact of Architectural project on tenants.
  • Impact of Architectural projects on community aesthetics and identity.
  • Impact of Architectural projects on property values.
  • Impact of Architectural projects on accessibility and inclusivity.
  • Impact of Architectural projects on urban density and land use.

Best Social Impact Project

The Best Social Impact Project award recognizes initiatives that significantly enhance community well-being, promote social inclusion, improve access to essential services, and foster economic opportunities, creating lasting positive change for local residents and stakeholders.

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “Sustainable & Together”.

  • Impact of Social Project on local schools or education.
  • Impact of Social Project on employment opportunities.
  • Impact of Social Project on income inequality.
  • Impact of Social Project on housing affordability and availability.
  • Impact of Social Project on community engagement and participation.
  • Impact of Social Project on local community.

Best Urban Regeneration Project

Awarding transformative projects that revitalize urban areas, improve infrastructure, and boost local economies while preserving cultural heritage.

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “Beautiful”.

  • Impact of Urban Regeneration Project on local community.
  • Impact of Urban Regeneration on housing affordability.
  • Impact of Urban Regeneration on community services and amenities.
  • Impact of Urban Regeneration on public transportation and infrastructure.
  • Impact of Urban Regeneration on job creation and economic growth.

Best Biodiversity Project

Commending projects that protect and enhance biodiversity, fostering healthy ecosystems and promoting environmental sustainability.

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “Sustainable”.

  • Impact of Biodiversity Project water quality and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Impact of Biodiversity Project community engagement in biodiversity initiatives.
  • Impact of Biodiversity Project long-term sustainability of the ecosystem.
  • Impact of Biodiversity Project urban green spaces and parks.
  • Impact of Biodiversity Project regulatory compliance and environmental policies.

Best Hospitality Project

Acknowledging exceptional hospitality projects that offer superior guest experiences, drive tourism, and contribute to local economic growth.

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “Sustainable”.

  • Impact of Hospitality project on local residents.
  • Impact of Hospitality project on tourism and local economy.
  • Impact of Hospitality project on local businesses.
  • Impact of Hospitality project on public transportation and infrastructure.
  • Impact of Hospitality project on environmental sustainability.
  • Impact of Hospitality project on community services and amenities.
  • Impact of Hospitality project on cultural and recreational activities.
  • Impact of Hospitality project on energy efficiency and resource use.
  • Impact of Hospitality project on future urban planning and development.

Best Mixed use & Community Project

Celebrating developments that integrate residential, commercial, and public spaces, creating vibrant, sustainable communities with diverse amenities.

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “Together”.

  • Impact of Mixed Use & Community Project public health and well-being.
  • Impact of Mixed-use project on future urban planning and development strategies.
  • Impact of Mixed-use and community project on local residents.
  • Impact of Mixed-use and community project on public health and well-being.
  • Impact of Mixed-use and community project on urban density and land use.
  • Impact of Mixed-use and community project on crime rates and public safety.

Best Office Project

Recognizing innovative office projects that enhance productivity, promote well-being, and prioritize sustainability in the workplace.

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “Sustainable”.

  • Impact of Office Project on local residents.
  • Impact of Office Project on local businesses.
  • Impact of Office Project on economic development.
  • Impact of Office Project on employment opportunities.
  • Impact of Office Project on public transportation and infrastructure.
  • Impact of Office Project on environmental sustainability.
  • Impact of Office Project on property values.

Best Residential Project

Honoring residential developments that provide high-quality living spaces, affordability, and sustainability, enhancing quality of life for residents.

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “Sustainable”.

  • Impact of Residential project on local residents.
  • Impact of Residential project on housing affordability and availability.
  • Impact of Residential project on local businesses.
  • Impact of Residential project on community cohesion and identity.
  • Impact of Residential project on public transportation and infrastructure.
  • Impact of Residential project on educational institutions and opportunities.
  • Impact of Residential project on public health and well-being.
  • Impact of Residential project on environmental sustainability.
  • Impact of Residential project on social services and amenities.

Best Industrial and Logistics Project

Awarding projects that optimize industrial and logistics operations, boost efficiency, and promote sustainability in the supply chain.

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “Sustainable & Together”.

  • Impact of Industrial and logistics project on noise and air pollution.
  • Impact of Industrial and logistics project on property values.
  • Impact of Industrial and logistics project on environmental sustainability.
  • Impact of Industrial and logistics project on energy efficiency and resource use.
  • Impact of Industrial and logistics project on technological innovation.
  • Impact of Industrial and logistics project on land use and urban planning.
  • Impact of Industrial and logistics project on community health and well-being.

Why Apply

Recognition and support

Recognition and support

The Expo Real Impact Awards 2024, organized in collaboration with the European PropTech Association, represent a unique opportunity for real estate and construction companies, as well as innovative real estate and construction tech firms, to gain unparalleled recognition and support.

Showcase Your Impact

Showcase Your Impact

The Impact Awards 2024 celebrate projects that positively impact people and the planet. Evaluated by 70 C-level executives from top real estate, construction, and technology firms, along with European Commission professionals, your project will receive objective and prestigious validation.

Align with New European Bauhaus Principles

Align with New European Bauhaus Principles

The awards criteria are aligned with the New European Bauhaus (NEB) principles—"Beautiful, Sustainable, Together." By participating, your project will be associated with this influential initiative, central to the EU Green Deal, and gain visibility at Expo Real, where NEB Director Alina Ujupan will be a keynote speaker.

Leverage High-Profile Support

Leverage High-Profile Support

With endorsements from high-ranking European institutions, including the European Commission, the President of the European Parliament, and various European Parliament members, your project will benefit from significant exposure and credibility. This high-profile support underscores the importance and impact of the awards.

Network with Industry Leaders

Network with Industry Leaders

Expo Real is Europe’s largest real estate network, offering an international platform for business development. As a participant in the Impact Awards, you will have access to key industry players, fostering opportunities for new alliances, collaborations, and investment.

Address Current Challenges

Address Current Challenges

Expo Real provides market orientation and showcases solutions to current industry challenges such as ESG, digitalization, and decarbonization. By entering the Impact Awards, your innovative solutions will be highlighted among the best, positioning your company as a leader in addressing these critical issues.

Enhance Your Brand Visibility

Enhance Your Brand Visibility

Winning or even being shortlisted for the Impact Awards provides significant marketing and PR opportunities. It places your brand in the spotlight, showcasing your commitment to innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility to a broad and influential audience.

Join a Prestigious Community

Join a Prestigious Community

The Impact Awards are supported by leading industry partners and aim to become the reference competition for impactful projects in Europe. By participating, your business joins a community dedicated to driving positive change and setting new benchmarks in the real estate and construction sectors.

Criteria

Based on the principles of the New European Bauhaus (NEB): “Beautiful, Sustainable, Together”, the applicants will be evaluated by 70 C-level executives from the real estate and construction industry, based on the following criteria.

Consideration will be given to how solutions and projects practically interact with the most recent regulations such as SFDR, CSRD, EPBD, CSDDD, ESRS…

Track 1: The Startup Track

Does the solution have a positive & measurable impact?

Aligns with the overall IMPACT aspect of the Awards. Rate the environmental, societal or governance impact. Take into account elements such as:

  • Tons of avoided GhG
  • Tons of avoided raw material or tons of raw material reused
  • People with enabled access to affordable house, transports and other spaces
  • Reduced vulnerability to water hazard (flooding, scarcity)
  • Reduced vulnerability to temperature hazard (heat, cold, fire)
  • Net Promotor Score for citizens (qualitative)

Sustainability

Aligns with the NEB ethos of “sustainable”. Rate the degree of sustainability of the solution. Take into account elements such as:

  • Materials (and their origin) and component selection
  • Energy consumption reduction, carbon emissions reduction, sustainable energy
  • Extraction, production and transportation of materials
  • End of life strategy
  • Reduced vulnerability to temperature hazard (heat, cold, fire)
  • Beyond the lifecycle strategy (deserves a high score if the solution is focused on this element)

Team skills and composition

Take into account elements such as:

  • Diversity (gender, race, …)
  • Technical, commercial and financial expertise matches the company needs?
  • Talent recruitment and retention capacities
  • Corporate culture building

Potential Problem Solving

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “beautiful, sustainable, together ”. Is the company solving a real problem with a solution having a product-market fit? Take into account elements such as:

  • Significant pain points clearly identified?
  • Target markets clearly identified?
  • Customer needs confirmed?
  • Capable of adapting to evolution / changes in the problem?

Technological / technical innovation

Is the startup/scaleup considered a business innovator by its model? Take into account elements such as:

  • Clear defined and articulated strategy
  • USPs
  • Realistic financial plan

Track 2: The Project Track

Projects completed in 2023 or 2024.

Originality of the concept

Rate the original, innovative approach. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Aesthetics
  • Integration with its environment
  • Adaption to its changing environment
  • Flexible future use

Architectural qualities

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “beautiful, sustainable, together”. Rate the degree of architectural innovation. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Robust (strong, not be vulnerable to minor changes in the business, information, application and technology systems)
  • Utilitarian (utility that, when implemented, will result in practical outcomes)
  • Durable (durable with the passage of time and resilient to changes in the business and technical environments)
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing conditions
  • Aesthetics

Environmental / sustainability qualities = IMPACT

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “sustainable”. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Materials (and their origin) and component selection
  • Energy consumption reduction, carbon emissions reduction, sustainable energy
  • Extraction, production and transportation of materials
  • End of life strategy
  • Beyond the lifecycle strategy (deserves a high score if the solution is focused on this element)
  • Tons of avoided GhG
  • Tons of avoided raw material or tons of raw material reused

Integration of the project in its community = IMPACT

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “together”. Is the project responding to the needs of its future inhabitants? Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Diversity (gender, race, …)
  • Affordable housing component (social housing included)
  • Inclusion elements
  • Spaces addressing the needs of specific inhabitants
  • Neighbourhood culture contribution
  • People with enabled access to affordable housing, transport and other spaces
  • Reduced vulnerability to water hazard (flooding, scarcity)
  • Reduced vulnerability to temperature hazard (heat, cold, fire)
  • Net Promotor Score for citizens

Quality of the user experience = IMPACT

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “together and beautiful”. Rate the degree of quality offered to the future users. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Power of Visuals, Emotions, and Clarity
  • User-Friendly Intuitive Interaction & Design
  • Customer-centricity and Personalisation
  • Space utilisation rate data
  • Total occupancy cost data
  • Seamless integration of tools, increasing the comfort of users

Economic contribution = IMPACT

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “sustainable and together”. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Positive impact on the income of neighborhood and users
  • Job creation by the project or as a consequence of its realization
  • Attracting new businesses

Sponsorship Opportunities

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dirk Paelinck at +32 483 59 56 76 or via email at dirk@proptechhouse.eu

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