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Project of the Year - Commercial/ Industrial

This Award recognises the new build or refurbishment of a Commercial or Industrial building that most effectively demonstrates high levels of user satisfaction and comfort whilst delivers outstanding measured building performance, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. Examples of buildings suitable for this category include, but are not limited to, office buildings and warehouses.

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Who should enter

Building services engineers, building occupiers, architects, clients, contractors, consultants, land/estate owners, mechanical and electrical engineers, property owners, project managers, quantity surveyors.


Entries should be for Commercial or Industrial projects, based in the United Kingdom, that were completed during the period 1 June 2015 - 31 August 2017. Projects based outside the United Kingdom should be entered for International Project of the Year. Entries may be submitted by any or all members (together) of the project team and should be accompanied by a full year of operational data.

Judging criteria

Successful entries will give details of as many of the following elements of the project as possible:

 Synopsis of the project and its building performance objectives, focusing on low carbon, energy efficiency and the health and wellbeing of occupants.

 One year’s evidence of measured building performance and energy use data.

 Challenges, objectives or constraints and the design solutions adopted.

 The building's energy use for the year.

 CIBSE benchmark or other relevant benchmark.

 Specific elements of excellence and innovation. Possible areas could include the MEP systems, facades, energy efficiency and management, carbon reduction measures and innovative process or collaboration models.

 Specific energy efficiency aspects of the project, such as energy metering, monitoring and targeting, use of recycled/recyclable materials and other low carbon features.

 Costs and expected savings associated with these measures and anticipated payback periods.

 Description of commissioning, handover and soft landings processes, and how they contributed to achieving the designer’s intended building performance.

 Collaboration between members of the project team that has contributed to improved performance.

 Any environmental or energy assessment, or other third party evaluations.

 User feedback on the building and satisfaction with the measures adopted.

 Evidence of costs and expected savings associated with these measures as well as anticipated payback periods.

The Building Performance Awards seek to recognise outstanding, measured performance. Entries which include clear evidence of a full year of actual measured energy data and performance of the building in use are strongly preferred by the judges. Winning entries provide clear evidence of how the building really performs in use. Ideally this will include a Display Energy Certificate, ESOS report or an entry into the CarbonBuzz database, but other clear evidence of actual performance is accepted. Where a building is expected to have a DEC by law, then we would expect to receive an up to date DEC as part of the entry package.

Entry forms

Download the Project of the Year - Commercial/ Industrial Entry Form

Closing date for entries: 14 September 2018

Useful resources

Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre (JLR EMC), Wolverhampton - 2017 Winner Case Study

Nottingham Trent University - 2016 Winning Entry

CIBSE Project of the Year – Commercial/ Industrial - Nottingham Trent University case study

Evaluating Operational Energy Performance of Buildings at the Design Stage

Lighting Guide 07: Offices (2015)

Lighting Guide 01: The Industrial Environment

CIBSE TM53 Refurbishment of Non-domestic Buildings