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The University of Oxford

7 February 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


The University of Oxford has won the coveted Building Performance Champion title and Facilities Management Team of the Year at the 2018 CIBSE Building Performance Awards.


Both awards were presented at a ceremony last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Judges were impressed by the project’s “ambitious” Carbon Reduction Programme, which sets out to reduce the university’s direct carbon emissions by 33 per cent by 2020 against a 2005/6 baseline.


They also lauded the programme’s “wide-ranging stakeholder engagement”, which has resulted in a host of collaborative initiatives and new carbon-saving partnerships being developed between staff, students, the city council and industry.


They said: “The University of Oxford is leading the way for the higher education sector, not only in the global rankings of universities, but in the management of their extensive and diverse estate.”


Elementa Consulting and BuroHappold Engineering were the evening’s other double winners. Elementa Consulting took the Building Performance Consultancy (up to 100 employees) and the International Project of the Year awards for its engineering design of an ultra-low energy laboratory at Pomona College, California, USA. BuroHappold Engineering triumphed in the Building Performance Consultancy (more than 1,000 employees) category and won the Energy Efficient Product or Innovation category for its NewMass cooling system.


Other 2018 CIBSE Building Performance Awards winners include: Architype, BDP, Choice Housing Ireland, Energy Action, Landsec, Max Fordham, NPS North West, Q-Bot, and Willmott Dixon.


Organised by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the awards focus on the delivered actual performance outcomes achieved by buildings and projects and not on design stage promises.


CIBSE president Peter Y Wong said: “The CIBSE Building Performance Awards increasingly stand for ethical, sustainable and environmentally sound business.  Those organisations who take their commitment to energy management and WELL Building seriously should be championed and their examples followed by others. I praise the good work of all the finalists and winners and encourage others to follow their lead.”


  • The full list of winners at the 2018 CIBSE Building Performance Awards is:
  • Building Performance Champion
  • University of Oxford Carbon Reduction Programme – University of Oxford
  • Building Performance Consultancy (up to 100 employees)
  • Elementa Consulting
  • Building Performance Consultancy (101-1000 employees)
  • BDP
  • Building Performance Consultancy (over 1000 employees)
  • BuroHappold Engineering
  • Collaborative Working Partnership 
  • The NEDO (New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization) Project – NPS North West
  • Learning and Development
  • Sustainability Matters – Landsec
  • Highly Commended: Net Zero Buildings offsite construction tour/Redmoor Academy’s Schoolhause grand opening – Net Zero Buildings
  • Energy Management Initiative 
  • Beyond the 6 Star NABERS Barrier, Melbourne, Australia – Energy Action 
  • Facilities Management Team 
  • University of Oxford Carbon Reduction Programme – University of Oxford
  • Energy Efficient Product or Innovation
  • NewMass – BuroHappold Engineering
  • Energy Saving Product or Innovation
  • Q-Floor – Q-Bot
  • Project of the Year - Commercial/ Industrial
  • The Enterprise Centre – Architype/BDP
  • Highly Commended: David Attenborough Building (Cambridge Conservation Initiative offices) – BuroHappold Engineering
  • Project of the Year - Leisure
  • Oriam – Max Fordham
  • Project of the Year - Public Use
  • Centre for Medicine, University of Leicester – Willmott Dixon
  • Highly Commended: Windmill Community Campus – Fife Council – Property Services
  • Project of the Year - Residential
  • Killynure Green, Carryduff – Choice Housing Ireland.
  • Project of the Year – International
  • Pomona: Ultra-Low Energy Lab Eliminates Performance Gap, California, USA – Elementa Consulting