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


Future Sustainability Leader

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.

Emerging Architect / Designer

Open to architects / designers in their first five years of their career and recognises an outstanding achievement or development in the field of sustainable and / or environmental architecture planning or design across any of the building categories.

Women in Sustainability

Presented to a woman who has made a significant contribution to the built environment sustainability in Australia over the past 5 years. The nomination must be supported by a person (female or male) working in the built environment industry.


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.

Public & Urban

A building or facility or artwork which primarily services, or is used, by the public (except educational and healthcare facilities).

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.

Landscape & Biophilia

Buildings or non-building projects at the intersection of architecture, landscape design and urban planning. Examples include parks, pedestrian bridges and walkways, pools, shelters, picnic facilities, toilet blocks and children playgrounds. Can also include green roofs, green walls and other urban garden and similar type installations.

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.


Intelligent Buildings

Any class of building that uses smart design and / or a range of automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems in order to help improve asset reliability, performance, reduce energy use and minimise the total environmental impact of building.

Green Building Material

A building product that is renewable, rather than non-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.