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How to enter

The CIBSE Building Performance Awards recognise the businesses, teams, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment.

The awards focus on actual, measured performance, not design intent or performance specifications. Entries are open to any organisation, both within the UK and internationally, that is responsible for the design, commissioning, construction, installation and operation of low energy buildings and the manufacturers whose products enable efficient energy consumption.

Judged by a panel of distinguished industry leaders, winners of the awards are acknowledged as best in class.

Entries for 2014 are now closed. If you are interested in entering the 2015 competition, please sign up to receive the Awards newsletter to ensure you don’t miss out.

Entering the awards

The CIBSE Building Performance Awards are free to enter. Entries should be submitted through the online entry system and to make this process as simple as possible we have created a template entry form for each category.

Entries should also include supporting documentation or evidence to supplement the written submission. All supporting information should be culminated into one PDF document for upload.

5 Steps to Entry:

  1. Select which category(ies) you wish to enter 
  2. Download and complete your entry form(s)
  3. Register your entry online
  4. Upload your entry form, supporting document PDF and photographs
  5. Select finish to submit your entry

Call for entries to the 2015 competition will start on Monday 2 June 2014 and close on Thursday 11 September 2014.

Top tips

Improve your chances of winning an award by following our five top tips for a great awards entry:

1. Provide evidence of user satisfaction

How did you meet and exceed client expectations? Client testimonials can provide valuable insight here.

2. Include measured data 

Quantify, quantify, quantify…‘The Chief Executive said it was great’...is not enough. You need to demonstrate measurable results against specific objectives. Explain how the results link to the objectives. If your project has a DEC, please supply a copy. If it's on the CarbonBuzz website then please tell us and give us the link.

3. Sell the project/product

What is the biggest achievement or unique selling point? Bring out the winning points. Explain what is unique or innovative about your entry, how important it is, or the scale of the challenges that had to be overcome.

4. Check the dates

Ensure that your entry is for the period indicated in the eligibility criteria for each specific category (found on the category entry form).

5. Send supporting photos

We ask for 10 high resolution images to be included in support of your entry. Photographs are invaluable to the submission as they will be used to represent your entry at the awards ceremony and in the winners supplement, should your entry be successful. Think about which relevant images would help to bring the entry to life?

Terms and conditions

  • Entries must qualify for the period of eligibility as indicated within each category judging criteria.
  • The written part of the submission must be no longer than three A4 pages (minimum point size 10).
  • CIBSE accepts no liability for any inaccurate information contained within the submitted entry as it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide accurate information.
  • Entrants giving false or misleading information will be excluded from the awards competition. If an award is given and it is subsequently found that the entry information is false or misleading, CIBSE reserve the right to withdraw the award. 
  • CIBSE reserves the right to use entry material submitted in published form.
  • Whilst you (or the licensors) continue to own the copyright in all works forming part of your entry, by submitting an entry you consent to our use of submitted photographic works in any publication, whether or not connected to the CIBSE Building Performance Awards, and you now waive all moral rights in such photographic works. We may allow third parties (e.g. journalists) to use such works for CIBSE purposes. If a third party owns the copyright in such works, you confirm that you have obtained their consent to our use and a waiver of their moral rights for these purposes.
  • By entering, you agree to a representative attending the awards ceremony, in London on 11 February 2014, where the winners in each category will be announced and presented with a trophy. If no representative is available, CIBSE reserve the right to nominate a person to collect the award on your behalf. 
  • Judges’ reserve the right, without prior consent of the entrants, to move entries to different categories if it is appropriate.
  • The Judges’ decision on all shortlisted entries and winners is final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered in to. Please also note that due to the high volume of entries received it is not possible to provide individual feedback for entries that are not shortlisted.

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