LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards
These guidance notes explain how your entry will be judged. The judges will need to understand the best attributes of the building work.
• Make sure you think carefully about which category to enter
• Use the entry form to select the most appropriate characteristics from the multi-choice list
• Add short, relevant notes to make clear any unique factors supporting the entry in the further information boxes.
We need 6 good quality photographs taken in daylight, relevant to the project (e.g. one landscape exterior image of the final project and before and after pictures for change of use projects). Refrain from using wide angle lenses. Send these via email as 300dpi high resolution JPEGS - if you need any help please call.
Once your project has been entered, it will be assessed using the following criteria by a panel of building professionals.
Criteria for all categories
Judges will consider the following criteria when assessing your entries:


1. Building Control Quality

- Relationship between client and building control team
- Good project team work
- Design, craftsmanship and architectural merit of the project.

2. Outstanding features and technical innovation

- Innovation within construction techniques or materials
- Meeting challenges and overcoming difficulties
- Technical problem solving
- Complexity of the project
- Innovative approaches to present day requirements.

3. Sustainability

- Use of energy efficient construction procedures
- Use of renewable technologies
- Measures to conserve water resources and sustainable management of waste
- Robust and durable scheme, using sustainable materials
- Long term prospects of the building.

4. Project management, administration and site safety.


5. Supply of application information; complete entry form, photographs (JPEG, 300dpi) and contact details of your local authority building control surveyor, so we can verify your entry.


Category Specific Criteria
In addition to criteria for all entries, judges will also take into account category specific criteria as follows:
1. Best extension or alteration to an existing home This may recognise either the designer, builder or both including kitchen extensions, loft or garage conversions and full scale renovations
- Continuity with existing building
- Impact on surrounding area
- Improved efficiency of the existing building.
2. Best local builder or traditional craftsmanship This recognises good small general builders or specialists in local craft skills and replaces the vernacular category that some regions have used in the past
- Vernacular buildings reflecting local traditions and construction materials
- Consistency of high quality craft skills2
- A history of repeating good quality work
- Local, small scale projects in the domestic or new build market.
3. Best change of use of an existing building or conversion This recognises work to change a building from one use to another which could be commercial to homes, barn conversions, or industrial to commercial
- Improvement in the original use
- Improvement in aesthetics.
4. Best individual new home This recognises high quality one-off new build homes and could include ‘self-build’ or a premium single unit development by a developer
- Outstanding project that goes above and beyond the level seen on a day to day basis
- Finish and detail.
5. Best small new housing development (7 units or less) This recognises new small scale private housing sites but not individual homes
- Response to site constraints
- External appearance and internal planning
- Layout grouping and landscaping
- Attention to safety, security and accessibility.

6. Best high volume new housing development (8 units or more) This recognises developments of private new homes with 8 or more units (no upper limit)
- Response to site constraints
- External appearance and internal planning
- Layout grouping and landscaping
- Attention to safety, security and accessibility.
7. Best social or affordable new housing development This recognises developments of any scale by organisations developing new social or affordable homes
- Involvement of the community
- Affordability of maintenance
- Response to site constraints
- External appearance and internal planning
- Layout grouping and landscaping
- Attention to safety, security and accessibility.
8. Best public service building This recognises any new building used for health, leisure, sports, tourism, defence, transport, prison etc and includes extensions, new builds and refurbishments
- Level of community involvement
- How the local community have received the development
- Community initiatives or special projects linked to the scheme
- Design or materials that enhance the public usability.
9. Best educational building This recognises both new build and extensions to existing schools, universities, colleges and nurseries
- Large scale project management (time constraints etc)
- Sensitivity to the local environment
- How the design supports the educational purpose of the building.
10. Best commercial building LABC will divide commercial entries into two categories, small and large, based on size and value to ensure that smaller commercial projects stand a chance against large scale developments. This recognises any building used for retail, hospitality, offices, industrial, farming, warehousing or other commercial use, including refurbishment and redevelopment
- Large scale project management (time constraints etc)
- Sensitivity to the local environment
- How the design supports the commercial purpose of the building.3
11. Best customer LABC partnership with a local authority building control team This recognises the best development team approach, long-standing relationship, or co-operative approach to problem solving - there needs to be evidence that the partnership has developed beyond the ‘normal’ working relationship and continues to use LABC over an extended period of time
- Length of partnership
- Variety of projects
- Innovative solutions developed by working in partnership
- Strengths of partnership
- Consistency of work
- Value of partnership
- New work gained from the partnership
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LABC’s Building Excellence Awards Judging Criteria