The awards, which are judged by a selection committee including Terence Conran, Philippe Starck and Richard Branson, identify innovative designs that improve quality of life and provide the investment to put them into production.
The finalists, who include Professor Michael Ramage from the University of Cambridge, will now compete for the $50 000 (£32 000) investment at the Innovators Summit in London on 16 September.
Ramage’s project Sustainable Shells (pictured), which won the built environment category, is a tiling system that allows sustainable houses to be built with local skills rather than relying on imported construction techniques and materials. Ramage worked with Africa-based architect Peter Rich and engineering professor John Ochsendorf from Massachusetts to form the design for the sustainable building project.
Conran says, ‘Intelligent design has the power to improve, inspire and shape people’s lives. The Earth Awards’ celebration of sustainable innovation reinforces how cutting-edge ideas can help to build a better world and also be a commercial success on a global scale.’