Australia’s most progressive buildings, spaces, people and building products that demonstrate real efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our built environment.


Lifetime Achievement

A person who has over their career, shown exemplary efforts in advancing the progression of the sustainable built environment in Australia.

Emerging Sustainable Architect / Designer

The most exciting sustainable architect/designer over the past 12 months who has influenced and changed the world of design by their drive for the environment.

Women in Sustainability

The most exciting talent in sustainable architecture & design over the past 2 years. This is open to architects, designers, engineers and even students who have influenced and / or added to the world of design by their ideas, innovations and concepts.


Commercial Architecture (Large)

A Class 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 building used for professional and / or commercial purposes of over 500sqm in floor size.

Commercial Architecture (Small)

A Class 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 building used for professional and / or commercial purposes of under 500sqm in floor size.

Education & Research

A child care preschool, primary, secondary or tertiary educational facility and / or joint research facility in which an educational institution is the major partner.

Urban & Landscape

A building or amenity design which primarily services, or is used, by the public (except educational & healthcare facilities) that adheres and promotes to the concepts of sustainability, renewability and regenerative design.

Multiple Dwelling

The design of a new townhouse, duplex or residential complex that contains multiple residential dwellings. Projects nominated under this category are classifiable as Class 2 buildings.

Single Dwelling (New)

The design and construction of a single-residential building to which a Class 1a Building category.

Single Dwelling (Alteration)

Extensions or alterations to at least 50 percent of a Class 1a building.

Prefab & Modular

Recognises prefabricated modular architecture that can be produced more efficiently in order to create less waste with the outcome being sustainable residential and commercial projects.

Best Adaptive Reuse

Recognises the adaptive reuse of a building that has minimal impact on the historical significance of the building and its setting, while also pursuing a design that is sympathetic to the building in order to give it a new purpose.

Best of the Best

Selected from among all the category winners based on the highest score.


Smart Building

A building that uses smart design or a range of automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations in order to help improve asset reliability, performance, and energy use.

Green Building Material

A building product that is renewable, environmentally responsible and where the impact is considered over the entire lifetime of the product.

Waste Elimination

Covers any process in the environment that is designed to reduce or eliminate waste where possible; minimise waste where feasible; and reuse materials which might otherwise become waste. This Award is open to both commercialised solutions and designs as well as experimental or non-commercialised ones.