BSJ and sister title EMC hosted the inaugural Sustainable Building Services Awards on 28 November to recognise environmental leaders in the m&e sector.

And, just like nearly any major sporting event that you may care to mention, the Aussies were in there snapping up the gongs. Australian consultant Lincolne Scott’s Council House 2 in Melbourne was awarded Sustainable Building of the Year: it was the first building in Australia to achieve the highest environmental rating of six Green Stars. Most Sustainable Refurbishment also came from Down Under, in Cundall’s Victoria Government offices, as did the Sustainability Champion, Ché Wall, managing director of Lincolne Scott and co-founder of the Green Building Council of Australia.

The Sustainable Designer/Consultancy Award was won by Ramboll Whitbybird with a submission that highlighted strong sustainable data collection and evidence-based application. N G Bailey is Sustainable M&E Contractor of the Year, recognised for both its work with clients and the greening of its own buildings. The Royal Bank of Scotland HQ, by WSP Group, won the Major Sustainable Building Award.

King Shaw Associates’ zero U-value wall, at the Clore Learning Centre, took the Innovation from a Contractor/Consultant Award; while, Green Product of the Year was Ecoplay by Polypipe, which reduces water consumption by up to 30% by making use of water generated by baths and showers for toilet flushing.