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Inaugural building façade competition open for entries

To celebrate its 10th anniversary the Society of Façade Engineering (SFE) has announced the launch of FAÇADE2013, an international competition designed to recognise, promote and reward excellence in this key element of building design and construction.

The prize will be awarded on a project basis with entries welcome from individuals, projects teams and companies from around the world. The winner will be decided upon by a panel of experts who will make their choice based upon a clear demonstration of excellence in the technical design and/or research that has made a significant contribution to the discipline of façade engineering. The contribution may be demonstrated in the form of technical advances, innovations or advanced engineering systems that result in practical design solutions for the completion of a project. The Society will announce the names of the judging panel shortly.

Chris Macey, CEO of Wintech Group, is the Competition Chairman of SFE: "Many of the demands for ever-higher building performance can only be met by proper consideration of the contribution of façades, whilst also satisfying the aesthetic vision of the client and design team.

"The discipline of façade engineering has therefore come of age and there is wider recognition of the technical, engineering and scientific underpinning that is required to push construction to new heights and levels of achievement. This competition is intended to recognise and reward excellence in this key area of building design and execution and we welcome entries from anyone involved in this key niche."

The winner will be announced at The Glass Supper, an annual event attended by architects, engineers and others involved with the discipline of high performance architectural façades. Taking place this year in London on 20th November, this discreet gathering has been growing in reputation since its inception three years ago. The Glass Supper offers a programme of networking, discussion and the sharing of philosophies and visions on an open and neutral platform. Attended by some of the world's most influential architects and engineers, The Glass Supper is therefore a fitting occasion for the announcement of the winner of FAÇADE2013.

Entries must be received by 1st November 2013 and the shortlisted finalists will be announced by 15th November 2013.

Further information on FAÇADE2013 and how to enter can be found at: Details of The Glass Supper may be found at