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CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 14 categories of the 2017 CIBSE Building Performance Awards was revealed last night, at the first day of the CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition.

The announcement was made at a special reception, where the judging panel revealed those shortlisted for awards based on the largest set of entries and best evidence of measured performance to date.

This year’s awards introduced two new categories: an additional Consultancy category for firms with 101-1000 employees, and a new Product Innovation Award. 

In addition to these new categories the Building Services Consultancy of the Year award is now the Building Performance Consultancy of the Year, recognising the primary focus of the awards to consultancies.

The new structure responds to feedback and analysis of the 2016 awards and allows innovative organisations to compete fairly to be recognised for their achievements whatever their scale or global reach.

The Product Innovation Awards replace the old Energy Saving Product category with two new awards recognising the Energy Saving Product of the Year and the Energy Efficient Product of the Year. This differentiates between products which improve building performance, and products which themselves perform efficiently.

Dr Hywel Davies, CIBSE technical director and chair of the judging panel, said “The vital difference that the Building Performance Awards brings to the industry is its recognition of actual, in-use building performance – not just design intentions or promises that aren’t followed through.

“We have been delighted over the history of the Awards to have seen a huge variety of projects and companies and increased interest with each passing year. That has informed the changes in categories this year, to better recognise the achievements and skills of the full range of companies, not just the global players. Great performance even with limited resources is an impressive achievement, and we have made changes to recognise that.”

The new categories join familiar awards from previous years, including the overall Building Performance Champion, the Energy Saving Project of the Year and Energy Management Initiative Awards. The judges were particularly impressed by the degree to which the entrants had involved stakeholders in the early stages of design to ensure a better outcome, as well as the inventiveness shown beyond easy energy saving measures.

The winners in each Award category, and the recipient of the overall Building Performance Champion of the Year Award 2017, will be announced at the Building Performance Awards event to be held on 7 February 2017 in London.

View the 2017 Building Performance Shortlist.