BLT BUILT DESIGN AWARDS: CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT DESIGN
Great buildings rely upon both durable materials and smart technology, and every architect and designer knows it takes spectacular construction products to make their design a reality, to cope with the challenges of modern urbanization.
Innovations in building design achieve reduced energy consumption, space efficiency, and overall well-being for occupants. These positive outcomes are driving forces for designers, who continue to explore the design possibilities today’s technological advances allow. In addition, smart technology represents more creative freedom for designers, such as addressing the most challenging sites and finding solutions. A construction product’s performance is essential to the success of a designer’s vision.
From roofing to solar panels, glazing façade to flooring, electrical systems to concrete surfaces, as long as your product is a part of a building, it is eligible for entry.
BLT Built Design Awards – Construction Product & Materials has 13 categories and invites professional designers and manufacturers of the world’s best building products to submit their building materials, to be presented to renowned architects and designers.
Construction Product of the Year: Professional
Demonstrating innovation, excellent functionality, and durability, the Construction Product of the Year winning projects will be showcased to a global audience, be featured in the BLT Awards book, and be given the opportunity to share more of their vision and project in winner’s interviews. They will also receive the BLT Built Design Awards trophy, enjoying continued and extensive publicity throughout the year, in addition to:
- Inclusion in the winning media campaign, targeting industry professionals and potential clients worldwide
- Feature in the BLT Awards newsletter sent to over 100,000 design professionals, and leading architectural and interior design firms
- All-year-round profile in the BLT online architecture directory, making it easier for clients to find and contact your company
- Winner Certificates (Digital)
- Winner’s seal to promote your win online — add it to your professional signature and throughout your printed material
- Heating /cooling systems and products
- Roofing materials and structures
- Electrical & Lighting Systems and products
- Energy Saving / Energy renewal systems
- Glassware structures and products
- Plumbing, water systems and products
- Flooring & Concrete materials and structures
- Wall & Isolation systems and materials
- Safety / Workers Gears
- Hand Tools and Heavy Equipment
- Finishes: Kitchen, bathroom, decorations… etc
- Software – Project Management: Drawing, 3 D, site layout, Floor plan, and Architectural software ( NEW 2023)
- Outdoor systems and products
Entries can be submitted as conceptual designs, in progress, or as completed projects. The only restriction is that entries or completed projects must be no more than five years old.
Entries should include images of each side of the building or environment along with the contextual surroundings. Please include floor and small-scale site plans showing the project in its context. Where a project is a group of buildings, entrants should provide a rendering that illustrates the complete project. If the entry concerns an alteration or restoration, please include both before and after images.
Submissions can be made as a professional or as a student. Winners are chosen based on a single project – not for a body of work.
- Provide a brief description of the product, system, tool, or material
- Provide a designer and company profile
- Give names of those who should be credited for the project (i.e. manufacturer, brands, designers, etc.)
- Up to 10 images of your product, system, tool, or material, including an optional company logo
- Product specification PDF (mainly for projects that are not yet in business, provide specification, site details etc.) — recommended
The BLT Built Design Awards are open to anyone aged 18+ residing anywhere in the world. Professional entries will be judged against other professionals and student entries against other students.
For more information please check the FAQ page or download the BLT Awards Entry Guide 2023.
The evaluation process for entries to the BLT Built Design Awards is based on various judging criteria. These are constantly adapted and updated, in response to new technical, social, economic, and ecological requirements. The criteria are not comprehensive and not all criteria are applied to each project, they simply provide an orientation framework and basis for judging — which is complemented by each individual juror’s expertise and socio-cultural background.
Each member of the jury is passionately committed to providing a fair evaluation. Jury members are assigned categories based on their specific backgrounds and expertise. All projects are viewed and judged randomly and anonymously, in order to ensure unbiased and fair judging.
The judging criteria include the following:
- Aesthetics — form, shape, color, texture, finishing, the material used, etc
- Innovation — does the design provide something new to the market or supplement/improve an existing structure?
- Practicality / Functionality – ease of cleaning, safety, maintenance…
- Ergonomics — How is the interaction with the client? Space optimization?
- Durability — the quality and longevity of the product/material
- Impact — the benefit delivered to the client and/or society by the Design
- Integration — about the integration of the project to its local environment
- Ecological compatibility — potential environmental and/or ecological impact
- Enhancement — in addition to fulfilling its practical purpose, does the product /material bring another dimension, satisfaction to the project?
The BLT Built Design Awards use a Scoring System between 10-100 points.
ENTRY FEES 2023
- Professional CHF 260 incl. VAT ( approx: US$280)
- Same entry in additional categories at a 50% discount
No Further Fees: Unlike some other design awards and competitions, there are no further fees for winning the award: everything listed in the winner’s benefits will be provided free of charge.
DEADLINES: 2023 BLT Built Design Awards
- The program is now closed for submissions
- The winners will be announced in the first week of October 2023.