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International Project of the Year

This Award recognises the international project (new or refurbished) that most effectively demonstrates achievement of high levels of user satisfaction and comfort and outstanding measured building performance, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.


Entries in this category must be from outside the United Kingdom and should be for projects completed during the period 1 April 2011 to 30 September 2012. Entries may be submitted by any or all members (together) of the project team.

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 should submit evidence of how the building performs in use, including metered energy data and any detailed assessment of the energy performance, such as a TM22 energy analysis, or an international equivalent.

Judging Criteria

Entries should provide evidence of the actual, measured performance of the building in use. They will describe the low carbon and energy efficiency design features, and indicate the anticipated payback period on capital costs.

Indications of performance could include metered consumption of both energy and water. Evidence of occupant feedback and satisfaction with the building and its comfort levels should be included to support entries.

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

  • Synopsis of the project and its building performance, low carbon and energy efficiency objectives
  • One year’s evidence of measured building performance and energy use data, ideally including a DEC and an entry on the CarbonBuzz site
  • Special challenges, objectives or constraints and the design solutions adopted
  • Specific elements of excellence and innovation in terms of design, equipment or application including lighting, heating, and cooling, façade or public health services
  • Specific energy efficiency aspects of the project, such as energy metering, monitoring and targeting, use of recycled/recyclable materials and other low carbon features.
  • Evidence of 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
  • Evidence of collaboration between members of the project team that has contributed to improved performance
  • Evidence of any BREEAM or LEED assessment, or other third party evaluations


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