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SDAR Awards 2020 entry deadline fast approaching

The SDAR Awards is a joint initiative between CIBSE Ireland and TU Dublin, supported by Building Services News. The awards are unique in that they are intended to disseminate knowledge, encourage research in sustainable design of the built environment and raise the quality of innovation and evaluation of such projects. Entries are required to critically evaluate real life data, and examine both successes and challenges within leading-edge projects throughout Ireland or further afield. This competition is open to architects, engineers and all professionals involved in construction projects, as well as postgraduate students.

Short abstracts (between 100 and 200 words max) for entry into the awards are now being sought and must be submitted by Monday, 17 February 2020, via email directly to Michael McDonald (Lecturer) of TU Dublin and CIBSE Ireland at

Now that the built environment has well and truly regained full momentum, and is delivering many award-winning projects, this unique synergy between industry and academia allows greater potential for integration of modern low-carbon technologies and low energy design methodologies.

The SDAR* Awards competition is intended to create a platform for the growth of applied research in the area of sustainable design. Post Occupancy Evaluations (POEs) and similar critical appraisal of low-energy projects facilitate the transition from ideologically-driven innovations, sometimes offering poor value, to evidence-based applied research that proves value or identifies weaknesses that the industry can learn from. These successes and failures help inform the professional community across all the building industry disciplines.

From the abstracts submitted by the 17 February 2020 deadline, a shortlist will be selected by peer review, and those selected will be invited to prepare final papers by March 2020.

Candidates that present at the awards and also have a chance of publishing their papers in the SDAR Journal (

This year’s final will take place in March/April 2020 in one of TU Dublin’s campuses. For further information contact:



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