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Sustainability Award

Sustainability Award


Demonstrating outstanding contribution to improving the sustainability of the Built Environment, including in terms of carbon emissions, energy consumption, reduced waste or resilience to climate change.



The Sustainability Award recognises those projects that are not only future-proof, but are working to ensure the quality of that future through innovative practices that reduce a building's overall impact on the environment.


Eligibility Criteria

Entry is open to any organisation, individual or project where there has been substantial involvement of a CABE Member. This includes the design, construction, assessment or engineering of a building project, or a substantive role in a research, teaching, education or academic context.

Projects must have been completed in 2019.


Assessment Criteria

The judging panel will mark your submission against five


  1. Quality
  2. Impact
  3. Sustainability
  4. Inclusivity
  5. Client/User Satisfaction

Scoring for the Built Environment Awards is based on a weighted scoring matrix (see Submission form) to emphasise the different nature of each of these awards.


Submission Requirements

Download and complete the submission form, including a description of the project you wish to nominate. The description (between 1200-1500 words) should explain why the project is worthy of an award and; in particular; how it meets the assessment criteria.

You should also provide an explanation of how a CABE member played a significant role in the project and how this contributed to a building, or outcome, meriting an award.

Please provide any additional information necessary to help the awards panel understand the merits of your nominated project. This could include drawings, photographs, videos, animations, reports, assessments, certificated, evidence of performance, articles or press coverage or any other relevant material (JPEG, PDF and MP4 formats preferred).

Submission Form 

Assessment Criteria

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2019 Winner of the Sustainability Award

Onyx Solar for University of Washington

This project at the University of Washington features 650 sqm (or 7,000 sqft) of transparent photovoltaic glass manufactured by Onyx Solar in their ‘Life Science Building’, dedicated to Research and Development activities.

It is a seven-story construction, including two below ground, which has been envisioned as a benchmark project in terms of energy efficiency, innovation and onside renewable energy. The deployment and usage of clean energy sources were a primary objective of the University’s Climate Action Plan for Sustainability.

The University of Washington Solar student group, which ranges from undergraduates to Ph. D level, worked to design and install a 100-kilowatt solar system, featuring an innovative vertical photovoltaic fin system installed on the South West elevation of the building. These fins are the first of its kind in the United States and made from amorphous silicon solar cells that capture the sunlight and convert it into clean electricity.

They are all glass, semi-transparent, letting 20% visible light to pass through each fin. Each fin consists of a three-ply laminated tempered glass and offers 3.15 watts per square foot. They are frameless and installed vertically and a 90-degree able to the curtain wall. The lobby of the building will feature a dashboard that will let students and visitors learn from the system and monitor the energy production in real time. They will be able to compare the building’s energy demand against the renewable energy sources on site and explore the model.






Have questions? Here's a helpful FAQ on submitting for the Built Environment Awards.



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