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Building Performance Awards wins top membership events prize

CIBSE ticked all the boxes in the judging criteria – and more! It was a highly professional, no-expenses-spared event, which demonstrated growth and innovation.

MemCom Judges

The 2017 Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards has won the prestigious Membership Event of the Year category at the MemCom awards in London.

Held annually and widely recognised as the most prestigious accolades in the built environment industry, they are the only awards that ask for one year’s evidence of measured building performance.

The MemCom judges praised the overall organisation and quality of the awards, but singled out the expert judging panel and the diverse range of entries that they attracted. Particular praise was shown for the newly introduced ‘Test of Time Award’, won by British Land, which recognised the continued achievements of previous winners.

The Building Performance Awards were also noted for the way that the competition has evolved over the last decade, changing categories and awards to take account of new developments in a fast-moving sector.

Lucinda Watt, Head of Marketing at CIBSE, said “A huge amount of effort and teamwork goes into the Awards and, it is particularly fitting, that we are celebrating this achievement on our tenth anniversary year.

The Building Performance Awards are unique in the industry in recognising actual in-use performance rather than promises or modelling. By rewarding these success stories, we are able to celebrate the real good being done, show what is possible and inspire others to up their game.

The MemCom judging panel who awarded CIBSE the top prize said: CIBSE ticked all the boxes in the judging criteria – and more! It was a highly professional, no-expenses-spared event, which demonstrated growth and innovation. The judges were impressed with the internationalisation of entries for awards. They also loved the ‘Test of Time’ award to recognise past winners. The host and speaker were highly appropriate for audience and subject and the re-purposing of content post-event was extremely well thought out.

Reflecting changes in the industry, the Building Performance Awards added new categories in 2017, including the ‘Test of Time Award’, expanding the range of companies that could be recognised. This also rewards achievement at different scales, to avoid favouring bigger ‘blockbuster’ projects over impressive performance with more limited resources.

Also recognised alongside CIBSE were membership communications consultancy Redactive, who provided support in the planning and logistics of the awards in 2017.

The Building Performance Awards ceremony will once again be held at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London on the 6 February 2018. Entries are now open for the 2018 competition with categories to recognise the people, products, and projects that are demonstrating engineering excellence in the built environment.

Find out how to enter at www.cibse.org/bpa.

Rowan Crowley and Lucinda Watt from CIBSE receiving the Award Rowan Crowley and Lucinda Watt from CIBSE receiving the Award