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The Sustainable Architecture awards program recognizes the efforts of licensed Connecticut architects who have developed and demonstrated ways to decrease Green House Gases, reduce energy use and demand, and conserve water use in the built or natural environments. Equally important is the creation of durable, comfortable, and healthy spaces. The award attempts to raise the public awareness of the current climate crisis and the massive role played by construction, maintenance, and operations of the built environment.

The Sustainable Architecture Award also honors the climate change initiatives of AIA Connecticut and Connecticut Passive House to secure a more sustainable and environmentally thriving future.


Registration Open: April 22, 2021
Registration Deadline: May 20, 2021

Submission Open: April 22, 2021
Submission Deadline: June 24, 2021

Jury Day: TBA



  • This awards program is open to architects licensed and practicing in Connecticut.
  • Projects can be of any building type, in Connecticut or elsewhere, provided they fall into one of the three judging categories listed under judging criteria below.

Judging Criteria:

The Sustainable Architecture Award is to honor climate change initiatives and secure a more sustainable and environmentally thriving future. The Jurors will take into consideration and acknowledge:

  • Creation of durable, comfortable, and healthy spaces
  • Developed and demonstrated ways in energy reduction and water conservation Projects must have been completed within the last three years.

Submission Requirements:

Project Information submitted for consideration must include:

  • Project Name
  • Location 
  • Project Description
  • Square footage
  • Context and site information

The project design goals must be stated, and metrics of the success must be measured. Goals include, but are not limited to:

  • Yearly energy used (Low Energy Designs) or generated (Energy Positive Designs)
  • Air changes per hour @ 50 Pascal (blower door test results)
  • Materials & Methods used for insulation
  • Materials & Methods used for construction
  • Metrics that demonstrates the concept and continued sustainability
  • Projects can be designed to – or certified by – voluntary green building standards:
  • Passive House (Phi or PhiUS)
  • Net-­‐Zero
  • Living Building Challenge
  • LEED
  • Green Globes
  • Energy Star
  • Or Others

Three Categories:

  • Category One: New Construction (Built)
    • Single building
    • Related group of buildings
    • Interior architecture
    • Additions
    • Restorations or adaptive reuse projects
  • Category Two: Renovations, Adaptive Re-­‐Use or Retro-­‐Fits (Built)
    • Single building
    • Related group of buildings
    • Interior architecture
    • Additions
    • Restorations or adaptive reuse projects
  • Category Three: Conceptual or Research-­‐Based Buildings (Built or Unbuilt)
    • Purely theoretical
    • Vvisionary projects
    • Project may be designed with or without a client.

Built architectural projects, may be a single building, a related group of buildings, interior architecture, additions, restorations, or adaptive use projects. Identify building type and provide brief project description. You may include project concept, program and client requirements, context and site information, special constraints, project total square feet, year of completion, construction budget or cost, and any design challenges and solutions. List construction type, materials, mechanical systems, and other pertinent technical data.

Unbuilt architectural design, for which there is no current intent to build, including purely theoretical, visionary projects, with or without a client. Identify project type and provide brief project information. You may include such data as project concept; program and client requirements; context and site information; constraints or any design challenges; and total project square footage

Click here to register. 

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