WasteBuild Zero Awards – Celebrating low carbon solutions in the built environment
The 2023 awards are now closed for entries.
The WasteBuild 2023 Categories are below, grouped into themes. There are 12 categories in total, but only 11 can be entered. The 12th category is a Special Contribution Award which will be decided by the AJ and MRW editorial teams, and WasteBuild Zero Founder, Frazer Stokes.
Entries are now closed and the winners will be revealed on the 11th May 2023 at Wastebuild Zero.
This award is for the Contractor/Architect/Developer/Engineer demonstrating exceptional commitment and understanding in the application of Net-Zero and circular economy strategies both within the workplace and/or on projects between July 2020 and February 2022.
Judges will be looking for evidence of:
- The outcomes of effective low carbon initiatives and evidence of success Innovation in carbon reduction techniques and practices and evidence of reductions where applicable
- A company culture with robust commitment to/track record of improving carbon emissions and
- A stand-out performance that particularly merits this award – the ‘wow’ factor
WasteBuild Contractor Award
WasteBuild Architect Award
WasteBuild Developer Award
WasteBuild Engineer Award
This award will recognise projects that are leading the field in terms of reducing whole life carbon during the design and construction of ‘new’ or retrofitted buildings to support net zero targets.
Judges will be looking for:
- Demonstration of how the project successfully reduces embodied carbon emissions
- Demonstration of how the project successfully reduces operational carbon emissions where possible
- Measures taken to improve the climate resilience of the project where possible including biodiversity, resource conservation and ability to cope with extreme temperatures and flooding
- Demonstration of innovations in materials, design or execution, including any research strategy involved in the successful outcome
- Clear or predicted evidence of outstanding design quality and, where possible, the qualitative and quantitative impact of this project following completion.
- Building projects completed after 1 January 2021.
- Entries for the Test of Time Award must be completed at any time before 31 December 2020.
WasteBuild Infrastructure Project of the Year
(this could include: bridges, electrical substations, train/bus stations, airports, sewage works, energy recycling plants, public realm design incorporating biodiversity/SUDS strategy etc.)
WasteBuild Commercial Building Award
(this could include: retail, office, factory, assembly plant, market, hotel, mixed-use etc.)
WasteBuild Residential Building Award
(this could include: housing developments providing social, affordable or market homes, one-off houses, student housing etc.)
WasteBuild Public Building Award
(for example town hall, library, community hall, theatre, cinema, hospital, doctors’ surgery, mosque, church or other places of worship, music or sports venue etc.)
WasteBuild Test of Time Award
A building or structure from any of the above sectors (infrastructure/commercial/residential/public) that was completed no later than 31 December 2020, and demonstrates reduction of whole life carbon across both its original design and construction and subsequent operation/occupation)
MRW Collaboration of the Year
This award seeks to recognise a partnership or project team that is collaborating and/or developing new solutions or processes to deliver better outcomes for all to reduce carbon in a building project.
Judges will be looking for:
- Demonstration of how this collaboration has worked to effectively reduce carbon within a building project.
- How the collaboration has developed a process, product or change specifically for a project during the design or delivery phase
- Clear evidence of the impact of this collaboration and the decision-making process making process
Any project referenced does not have to be complete; what is required is evidence that the lower or zero carbon resulting from the new approach can be measured or quantified.
WasteBuild Collaboration Award
(partnerships and projects can include those across any sector: infrastructure/commercial/residential/public buildings)
Product Initiative Award
MRW WasteBuilld Zero Product & Materials Initiative of the Year
This category will recognise product initiatives that reduce embodied carbon during the construction of new infrastructure or buildings to support the target to be carbon net zero by 2050. The product initiative could be a product or design, re-use of materials, new manufacturing process, or innovation to reduce energy consumption in a building project.
Judges will be looking for:
- A brief description of what the product initiative is.
- Demonstration of how the product presents a reduction in embodied carbon compared to the conventional approach. Recognition of the impact of the design on reducing operational carbon should also be demonstrated where possible.
- Examples of building project(s) it may have been used on and the impact.
- Impact of the work to improve climate resilience of the work should also be demonstrated if relevant.
- Highlighted any innovations in design or execution, including any research strategy that led to the development carbon reducing solution.
- Clear evidence of the qualitative and quantitative impact of this product initiative.
- Demonstrate how the initiative is cutting edge and is leading the field in this area
WasteBuild Product & Materials Initiative Award
(products and materials can include any used in the construction and/or operation and servicing of a building project – from structural elements, sheet materials and insulation to glazing systems, air source heat pumps etc)
Wastebuild Special Contribution Award
This award is non-enterable and recognizes an individual or organisation making an outstanding contribution.