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CIBSE 2020 Awards Highlight Regeneration

The Engine Shed Interior
13 February 2020 | Updated 14 February 2020

A new focus on renovation and renewal emerged at CIBSE’s Building Performance Awards held on Wednesday 12 February.

Building performance achievements in existing and re-modelled buildings were the top nominees, alongside ground-breaking new-build projects and industry-leading teams.

The CIBSE Building Performance Awards are the only industry awards that focus on actual, measured performance outcomes, not just design intent or performance specifications.


Building Performance Champion


The Engine Shed, at the heart of Scotland’s new Building Conservation Centre, was named Building Performance Champion for 2020. Transforming redundant Ministry of Defence buildings, this project, entered by engineering firm Max Fordham, also won the Public Use project category.

Judges praised the Max Fordham team for the attention to detail in all aspects of the design. Energy efficiency was one consideration but so was a focus on materials.  Re-cycled, re-used and locally-sourced materials were the first choice to minimise waste. The plan even considered the impact of the eventual deconstruction of the building.

"Natural ventilation and daylight were prioritised in the design. A detailed post-evaluation study demonstrated excellent energy performance in practice. The study also monitored the wellbeing of the people working in the facility. Results during the very hot summer in 2018 were particularly impressive as occupants remained comfortable as outside temperatures soared.


“Our engineers have always been able to demonstrate how to design new buildings that deliver first-class performance. It is now vital to see how existing buildings, which are far more numerous, can be refurbished to perform to the highest standards.”

– Hywel Davies

Technical Director, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers


Retrofit category


The new Retrofit category was won by the Bartlett School of Architecture building, 22 Gordon Street. Entered by BuroHappold this project demonstrates the potential for huge improvement in existing buildings.

In its design work on the refurbished 1970s school, BuroHappold Engineering demonstrated just how much can be achieved in existing buildings. Pre and post-occupancy evaluation of the building showed a 60% reduction in energy use per square metre while the useable floor area of the building was simultaneously increased by 40%.

Overall, the building’s Display Energy Certificate rating was improved from G to D.  Detailed monitoring of the building not only measured energy consumption but also focused on the experience of the building occupants. High levels of satisfaction were reported. This ongoing monitoring also allows for identification of areas for potential improvement which can then be actioned.


Waste to heat


The creative approach of Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions was recognised in the Small Consultancy category where they impressed with a range of imaginative solutions including using waste from hen houses to produce both electricity and warmth for the facilities.


Joint winners


The Collaboration category presented an effective and practical process to minimise the performance gap in school buildings, involving the main contractor, building performance analysis consultant and BMS controls subcontractor working together. The award was presented to Bowmer + Kirkland & Integrated Environmental Services.


Other winners


Other winners included the Institute of Physics headquarters entered by AECOM; and Elementa Consulting and BuroHappold Engineering in the consultancy categories. The Victoria-based HVAC Centre of Excellence – established to address the chronic shortage of building services professionals in Australia – won the Learning and Development category.


The full list of winners at the 2020 CIBSE Building Performance Awards, presented on 11 February 2020 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, is:


Building Performance Champion

The Engine Shed, Scotland's Building Conservation Centre – Max Fordham.

Building Performance Consultancy (up to 50 employees)

Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions.

Building Performance Consultancy (51-300 employees)

Elementa Consultancy.

Building Performance Consultancy (over 300 employees)

BuroHappold Engineering.


ESFA School Building Framework Project – Bowmer + Kirkland (B+K) / Integrated Environmental Services (IES).

Product or Innovation – Thermal Comfort

Hysopt HVAC Design and Optimisation Software – Hysopt.

Product or Innovation - Wellbeing

arbnco – arbn well.

Learning and Development

HVAC Centre of Excellence – Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association and Holmesglen.

Facilities Management

Yale-NUS College.

Project of the Year – Commercial / Industrial

Institute of Physics – AECOM.

Project of the Year – Public Use

The Engine Shed, Scotland's Building Conservation Centre – Max Fordham .

Project of the Year – Residential

Agar Grove Estate Regeneration - Phase 1A – Max Fordham.

Project of the Year – International

Mason Bros., Auckland, New Zealand – Mott MacDonald.

Project of the Year – Retrofit

Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street – BuroHappold Engineering.

Building Performance Engineer of the Year

Tom Hopton, Associate – BuroHappold Engineering.



The 2020 Awards sponsors were: ABB, CIBSE Patrons, Gratte Brothers, Lochinvar, Hattersley, Ideal Commercial Boilers, Imtech, Rinnai UK, Titon Hardware, Tamlite Lighting.


Pictures: captions: The Engine Shed (interior), which won the Building Performance Champion and winner of the Project of the Year, Public Use category. 

And the Bartlett School of Architecture at 22 Gordon Street, winner of the Project of the year, Retrofit category.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 13 February 2020


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