Welsh retrofit project wins three CIBSE Performance Awards

Cardiff University project targets net zero improvements for existing homes

A housing retrofit project in Wales has been named overall Building Performance Champion at CIBSE’s annual awards, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge on 1 March.

The Low Carbon Built Environment Team, at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Cardiff University, also won Collaboration of the Year and Project of the Year for Towards Net Zero: Evidence from six whole-house energy retrofits.

Six homes off mains gas were selected for the retrofit, and WSA worked with Swansea Council to install efficient, replicable, solutions while the occupants were living there. 

Measures taken included installing external wall insulation, ground source heat pumps, and PV panels and batteries, and reducing glazing. The award judges called it an exemplar scheme that demonstrated ‘true collaboration’.

Fifteen awards were given out on the night. Arup associate director Stephen Hill was named Engineer of the year. He leads on carbon strategy and operational performance for major Arup projects and has contributed to publications on net zero. Arup also won the CIBSE Embodied Carbon Award for Consultants.

Cundall won the award for Building Performance Consultancy of the Year (over 300 employees), while XCO2 and Carbon Intelligence won the awards for consultancies with up to 50 employees and 51-300 employees respectively. 

For details of all the winners from this year’s awards, see page 22.

The Building Performance Awards took place as CIBSE Journal went to press. Pictures from the ceremony are available at www.cibse.org/bpa