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Sustainability Award

The CIOB Sustainability Award celebrates those who have made their mark on sustainability within the built environment.


How to enter

Why take part


About the Sustainability Award

Celebrating the cultural shift

The construction industry has started to take steps to become more sustainable by looking at new methods to cut down on waste as well as innovating new products that can help improve many facets of the building process.

Our industry has an important role to play in Sustainability, and it is our responsibility to recognise our contribution towards creating a fair and sustainable future for people no matter where they are.

The CIOB Sustainability Award, introduced to the CIOB Awards in 2022, celebrates those who have made their mark on sustainability within the built environment. Our winner will have demonstrated their understanding of sustainable development whilst taking an active role in supporting communities.

Sustainability Award Winner - Caron Johnson MCIOB

Saul Humphry LLP FCIOB, Sustainability Award 2024

How to Enter

What you will need to complete your application or make a nomination

To enter, click ‘Enter Now’. Then, select the award that you would like to enter and fill in your details. Once submitted, you will receive an email which will contain a link to your CIOB Awards portal. The portal will contain the form for the award that you have selected to enter.

The award is open to all UK-based candidates working within the built environment.

The submitted evidence should be during the period from January – December 2023.

The Independent Testimonial must come from someone outside of the candidate’s organisation with direct knowledge or experience of working with the candidate.

You may nominate yourself for this award.

The submission deadline for this award is 13 September 2024.

The awards

Why take part?

40 years of excellence

Be part of the legacy – For over 40 years we have been recognising exceptional talent in the industry. Enter now and get the chance to boost your career.

Step forward and be recognised

The CIOB Awards recognise construction professionals from every discipline both site-based and non-site-based. Whether you’re looking after an individual project or multiple projects at once. We celebrate more than just a building.


It's free

The CIOB Awards are free to enter. It costs you nothing, just the time taken to complete your application.


Get Noticed

What we’re looking for

Judges will be looking for:

  • Workplace evidence to demonstrate your direct involvement in best practice in any area of sustainable construction (for example, net zero buildings, whole life carbon, climate resilience, energy efficient retrofit, circular economy, sustainable land use, biodiversity net gain or nature-based solutions, water management, sustainable procurement, developing sustainability knowledge, sustainable connectivity and transportation, sustainable communities and social value, or good health and wellbeing, etc).

  • Use examples to demonstrate your understanding and experience of sustainable development and how you have implemented this in practice.

  • Please indicate how you stand out from the crowd, relating your contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (indicate which of the 17 goals you have contributed to through your work).

  • Your examples must demonstrate that you have gone beyond compliance and should be supported by relevant quantitative and/or qualitative data.

Sustainability Award

Are you ready to step forward?

The CIOB Awards celebrate the achievements of those who inspire, lead and enable the very best delivery of a project and produce buildings that have a positive impact on those who use them.

Entry Information and Details

Below you will find the information you will be asked to provide as part of your entry. The entry form consists of three sections. You may prepare your answers in advance and submit them at once after you register or work on them over time, making sure you save your progress every time you update the form.

About the Nominator

This is where you enter information about the nominator.

  • Nominator’s name
  • Nominator’s contact email
  • Nominator’s phone number
About the candidate

Enter information about the candidate. You will also require to upload an image of the candidate.

  • Candidate’s name
  • Candidate’s photo – The face and shoulders of the candidate should occupy most of the space in the image. The camera should be at eye level. Aim for an image size of at least 1MB.
  • Candidate’s organisation name
  • Candidate’s emial address
  • Candidate’s phone number
  • Candidate’s address
  • Type of business
  • Business specialism (if appropriate)
  • Why should you be considered for this award?

This section is where you will enter a testimony. You will be required to enter:

  • Who the testimony is from
  • Their organisation
  • Their email address
  • Their contact number
  • Independant testimony


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Who can enter this award?

The CIOB Sustainability Award, celebrates those who have made their mark on sustainability within the built environment. The category is free to enter and open to CIOB members and non-members.

Who is eligible to enter?

We’re looking for an individual who has demonstrated an understanding of sustainable development, within the time frame of January to December 2022.

Who should nominate?

The independent testimonial must come from someone outside of the candidate’s organisation, with direct knowledge or experience of working with the candidate. You may nominate yourself for this award.

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