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Project of the Year

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This Award will be divided into the below categories:

  1. International
  2. Public Use
  3. Residential
  4. Retrofit
  5. Leisure
  6. Retail
  7. Data Centres
  8. Commercial
  9. Offices
  10. Industrial
  11. Life Sciences

When entering, please select all appropriate categories that apply to your project. Entries into categories 2-10 as seen on the list below must be from within the United Kingdom. For all International entries please select category 1 only.

This Award recognises and celebrates buildings that most effectively demonstrate high levels of user satisfaction and comfort while delivering outstanding measured building performance. Creating this type of exemplar building is demanding and the CIBSE BPA recognise the work and dedication of the project team.

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.


  • Projects must have completed during the period 1 June 2018 to 31 August 2020.
  • Entries may be submitted by any or all members (together) of the project team and must be accompanied by full year of operational data reported data, by filling in the data collection spreadsheet.

Judging criteria

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

 Synopsis of the project setting out the client’s brief, building performance objectives, materials and method of construction, and any significant challenges or constraints e.g. planning, budget, programme.

 What measures have been used to assist in achieving the building’s intended performance.

 How have you collected user feedback, what have you learnt from it and what impact has it had on the operation and performance of the building?

 The energy and carbon strategy for the project, including the operational energy use (electric and thermal in kWh) and the building benchmark selected. PLEASE FILL IN THE DATA COLLECTION SPREADSHEET

 The whole life costing and performance of the building.

 Health and wellbeing has been considered in your project and how excellent indoor environmental conditions have been provided.

 How was the project reviewed against the future climate change impacts.

 Any significant innovations or distinctive features of your project. This can include elements related to biodiversity, water, construction, resource use, supply chain and corporate social responsibility.

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 information

  1. Access CIBSE BPA entry forms
  2. When prompted, select the Project of the Year entry form to download and choose the correct category on the form that matches your entry
  3. Start your FREE online entry
  4. Upload your entry form, supporting document PDF and photographs
  5. Select finish to submit your entry

Closing date for entries: 1 September 2021

Data collection spreadsheet

Please select the spreadsheet that applies to your Project of the Year entry. Find out more about the data collection spreadsheets

Download the Project of the Year - Non domestic data collection spreadsheet

Download the Project of the Year - Residences data collection spreadsheet

Useful resources

CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2021 - Winners

CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2020 - Winners

CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2019 - Winners 

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