The Community Star Awards have been held at The Grand Hotel Brighton to recognise outstanding achievements by individuals and organisations in Sussex. Sponsors included AVT Connect, audio visual specialists, Legal and General Insurance, Argus News and Heart FM Radio. Public community votes short-listed the top 3 in each category before experienced judges chose the winners.

The Award for Green Project of the Year has been given to eco-building designers Passiv Pod, based in Brighton, a joint venture between Koru Architects and Strategic Management Partners. The company designs zero-carbon accommodation for holiday homes, classrooms, garden, offices and public spaces. The judges quoted Passiv Pod’s social and environmental benefits, highlighting Directors Mark Pellant and Clive Bonny plans to win public engagement for growth by offering private equity shares and crowd-funding to the public who seek sustainable accommodation for living, leisure and learning.

Co-Founding Director Clive Bonny collected the award saying “It’s great to see community recognition for off-site manufacturing of timber designs to reduce environmental damage and energy costs by over 80%. The public interest in Passiv Pod plans for shared equity ownership will help their innovation in social enterprise grow quickly to create sustainable employment, improve people’s health and boost student learning with biophilic benefits.”

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