Category Criteria

People

Lifetime Achievement

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

The Lifetime Achievement Award is open to an individual, design firm or building products company and presented in recognition of outstanding leadership and contribution to the field of sustainability for more than 20 years. This may be a new product innovation, new knowledge, or new ways to improve a design that has been deemed to be above and beyond the everyday with a long lasting impact in the built sector.

Candidates will be asked to demonstrate:

  • How the candidate has provided leadership within the profession
  • Promotion of appreciation and advancement of architecture in Australia
  • Demonstration of how they have promoted architects in the community
  • Describe in detail one project the candidate has worked on that provides a clear picture as to how the he/she understands the concepts of sustainability.

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.

Candidates will be asked to demonstrate:

  • How the candidate has provided leadership within the profession
  • Promotion of appreciation and advancement of architecture in Australia
  • Demonstration of how they have promoted architects in the community
  • Describe in detail one project the candidate has worked on that provides a clear picture as to how the he/she understands the concepts of sustainability.
  • Describe the candidate’s ambition and future goals in the area of architecture and/or design

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.
There is no age limit for nominees, but they must demonstrate that they have at least 2 years’ experience in the built environment industry.
The nomination must be supported by a person (female or male) working in the built environment industry.

Nominees or their sponsors must provide a response (up to 100 words) on each of the following criteria:

  • Their development and promotion of sustainability issues
  • Their contribution to innovation
  • Their demonstrated success in sustainability outcomes
  • Their demonstrated leadership on sustainability issues

Projects

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.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within Australia are eligible to enter. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the commercial building category include:

  • Form, technology, material used and big picture thinking.
  • The design will represent an example of functional sustainability in a commercial context, while also being responsive to its physical locality.
  • The design will adhere to or expand upon best practice sustainability outcomes while ensuring that an optimum work environment has been achieved.
  • Ideally, it will demonstrate a new direction or a new model for sustainable design in a commercial context.

Key considerations: innovation, functionality, expertise, measurable sustainable qualities in the medium- to long-term.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

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.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within Australia are eligible to enter. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the commercial building category include:

  • Form, technology, material used and big picture thinking. The design will represent an example of functional sustainability in a commercial context, while also being responsive to its physical locality.
  • The design will adhere to or expand upon best practice sustainability outcomes while ensuring that an optimum work environment has been achieved.
  • Ideally, it will demonstrate a new direction or a new model for sustainable design in a commercial context.

Key considerations: innovation, functionality, expertise, measurable sustainable qualities in the medium- to long-term.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

Education & Research

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

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and architectural firms located within Australia are eligible. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the education & research category include:

  • An original approach to addressing issues of sustainability through design and integrated technology.
  • The building will demonstrate both immediate and ongoing functionality and performance in the context of sustainability within the educational environment.
  • Improved outcomes for both the environment and the building’s users / inhabitants will be proven.
  • The design will align with – or improve upon – established best practice sustainability principles from design (e.g. material sourcing) through built outcomes (e.g. data that supports ongoing performance).
  • The building will also specifically respond to its immediate locality and the uses of the building as contained in the client brief.

Key considerations: brief, originality, immediate functionality and ongoing performance, sustainable materials and technologies, relevance to context, high levels of research, longevity of both building and sustainable outcomes.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

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.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within Australia are eligible to enter. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the Urban & Landscape category include:

  • The design will demonstrate sustainable functionality and performance while servicing the needs of its inhabitants.
  • The entry will exhibit both a high level of research as well as a high degree of originality.
  • In both function and concept, the design will be innovative while also demonstrating a new direction in sustainability for our public structures, and by extension, our future cities.
  • All the sustainability and user outcomes will need to be supported by data.

Key considerations: immediate functionality and ongoing performance, integrated sustainability aspects, long-term thinking, relevance to context, high levels of research, serviceability and public amenity.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

Multiple Dwelling

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

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and architectural firms located within Australia are eligible. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the multiple dwelling category include:

  • The design will demonstrate sustainable functionality and performance while servicing the needs of multiple residents.
  • The design will align itself with or expand upon best practice sustainability principles and demonstrate innovation in the way it approaches sustainable living, building and design.
  • Ideally, the building will suggest a new direction in sustainability for our future cities by solving common sustainability challenges faced by industry and the broader public in the context of multi-residential.
  • Ergonomic issues and specific user needs will be resolved in an original, empathetic, and long-term manner. Sustainability and user outcomes will be supported by data.

Key considerations: originality and innovation, liveability, functionality and performance, high levels of research, longevity, breadth of approach.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

Single Dwelling (New)

The design and construction of a single residential structure to which a Class 1a Building category is applicable.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and architectural firms located within Australia are eligible. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the new single dwelling (new) category include:

  • A design that demonstrates a balance between dual considerations of usability (as outlined in the client brief) and ongoing sustainability outcomes.
  • The design will be original both in its response to the client brief and in the way it tackles issues of sustainability as related to single dwelling homes.
  • The design will represent a holistic and innovative approach to achieving best practice sustainability outcomes: from material sourcing to implementation and the building’s ongoing maintenance.
  • The design will enhance levels of liveability and make sustainability approachable and easy to maintain within a residential context.
  • A high level of research into materials and technologies will have been used, and sustainability outcomes will be supported by data.

Key considerations: response to client brief, originality and creativity in tackling challenges, high levels of liveability, long-lived and easily maintainable solutions, relevance to context, high levels of research.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

Single Dwelling (Alteration)

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

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within Australia are eligible to enter. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the single dwelling (alteration) category include:

  • A design that demonstrates a balance between dual considerations of usability (as outlined in the client brief) and ongoing sustainability outcomes.
  • The design will be original both in its response to the client brief and in the way, it tackles issues of sustainability as related to single dwelling homes.
  • The design will represent a holistic and innovative approach to achieving best practice sustainability outcomes: from material sourcing to implementation and the building’s ongoing maintenance.
  • The design will enhance levels of liveability and make sustainability approachable and easy to maintain within a residential context.
  • A demonstrable improvement to previous sustainability outcomes will be supported by data related to building performance.

Key considerations: innovation and originality, response to client brief, high levels of liveability, long-lived and easily maintainable solutions, relevance to context, high levels of research, holistic view of sustainability measurements.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

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.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within Australia are eligible to enter. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the Prefab & Modular category include:

  • Form, technology, material used and big picture thinking. The design will represent an example of functional sustainability in a commercial context, while also being responsive to its physical locality.
  • The design will adhere to or expand upon best practice sustainability outcomes while ensuring that an optimum work environment has been achieved.
  • Ideally, it will demonstrate a new direction or a new model for sustainable design in a commercial context.

Key considerations: innovation, functionality, expertise, measurable sustainable qualities in the medium-to long-term.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

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.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within Australia are eligible to enter. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the Best Adaptive Reuse category include:

  • Form, technology, material used and big picture thinking. The design will represent an example of functional sustainability in a commercial context, while also being responsive to its physical locality.
  • The design will adhere to or expand upon best practice sustainability outcomes while ensuring that an optimum work environment has been achieved.
  • Ideally, it will demonstrate a new direction or a new model for sustainable design in a commercial context.

Key considerations: innovation, functionality, expertise, measurable sustainable qualities in the medium- to long-term.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

Best of the Best

The Best of the Best is selected from among all the category winners on the basis of sustainable outcomes and aesthetics as well as innovative design principles. It is picked from the highest point scorer. *No finalists.

Innovation

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.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

  • All projects in this category will provide a model for solving a range of current sustainable issues faced by our city, while providing a functional and serviceable amenity.

  • Projects submitted under the Smart Building category will demonstrate a strategy to building automation – with a particularly focus on innovative ways of approaching existing building automation challenges and their impact on sustainability. A demonstrable improvement to previous sustainability outcomes will need to be supported by data-related to building performance.

Key considerations: Automation technology, relevance to context, empathetic to user considerations, high levels of research into use of resources, translatable concepts.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

Green Building Material

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

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

Key considerations: use of sustainable /green building materials, longevity, a holistic approach to sustainable (as demonstrated through materials etc.), relevance to context, empathetic to user considerations, high levels of research into use of resources, translatable concepts.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

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.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within Australia are eligible to enter. Outside of these preliminary requirements, the qualities and characteristics of nominations under the Waste Elimination category include:

  • Form, technology, material used and big picture thinking. The design will represent an example of functional sustainability in a commercial context, while also being responsive to its physical locality.
  • The design will adhere to or expand upon best practice sustainability outcomes while ensuring that an optimum work environment has been achieved.
  • Ideally, it will demonstrate a new direction or a new model for sustainable design in a commercial context.

Key considerations: innovation, functionality, expertise, measurable sustainable qualities in the medium-to long-term.

To be eligible for this category your project must be located in Australia, and must have been completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020 .

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