International Facade Community

2015 SFE Facades competition opens for entries

Following the success of the inaugural event in 2013 the Society of Façade Engineering has called for entries for FAÇADE2015, the second international competition designed to recognise, promote and reward excellence in this increasingly important element of building design and construction.

Three awards will be presented: Façade of the Year 2015-New Build; Façade of the Year 2015–Refurbishment; and an additional category Outstanding Façade Innovation 2015. The winners will be presented in December 2015 at the prestigious Glass Supper conference and dinner that attracts the highest echelon of façades-focused architects and engineers from around the world. This year the venue is the celebrated ‘Sky Garden’ in the City of London.

International applications are welcome from individuals, companies and project teams. The prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges that includes some of the foremost experts from the field of façade engineering and design to entries that demonstrate:
 A clear demonstration of excellence in technical design and/or research that has made a significant contribution to the discipline of façade engineering
 In the development of technologies, product designs, systems or buildings.

The contribution may be demonstrated in the form of technical advances, innovations or advanced engineering systems that result in practical design solutions for the completion of a project. Entries can relate to projects that are agreed, under construction or completed.

Announcing the competition on behalf of the SFE, Competition Organiser Graham Hackley said: “The discipline of façades engineering has come of age and there is a wider recognition of the technical engineering and scientific underpinning that is required to be able to push the industry to new heights and levels of achievement. Some of the world’s most treasured structures are appreciated because of the key element of their façades.

“The SFE FAÇADE2015 Competition seeks to highlight the skills and vision that are creating the best of these projects.”
All entries must be received by 2nd November 2015 and those shortlisted will be notified by 21st November 2015.




About The Society of Façade Engineering The Society of Façade Engineering was formed in 2004 as a joint initiative of CIBSE, IStructE and the RIBA. It is governed by a Council drawn from among its members and administered by CIBSE.

The Society provides a forum in which architects, façade engineers, building services engineers, structural engineers and contractors can work together to advance knowledge and practice in façade engineering, promote good practice and ensure that today's increasingly complex building façades meet the many and varying performance criteria. In particular, it addresses the complex issues in building physics of thermal insulation, ventilation, lighting, solar control, and acoustics.

Photo caption: The 2013 International Award for Façade Engineering Excellence was won by Aedas Architects for the façade engineering work on Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi.

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