Livable Buildings Awards Program Details

A program to showcase buildings that excel in design, operation and occupant satisfaction.

About the Awards

The Livable Buildings Awards serve as mark of distinction for commercial buildings. They are awarded for buildings that demonstrate exceptional performance in terms of occupant satisfaction, resource efficiency, and overall design.

This program is unique among building industry awards, as it is the only one to include the preferences of building occupants in its selection criteria. To be considered for the award, buildings must rank among the top scorers in CBE's Occupant Indoor Environmental Quality Survey. This survey, used to study occupant satisfaction with the quality of the indoor environment, has been implemented in over 600 buildings in North America and Europe.

Buildings that exceed an established performance level on the survey are eligible to participate in the awards competition. For each survey category, buildings must be at or above the 50th percentile, and must be in the top quartile for overall building satisfaction. In addition, the survey response rate must meet the minimum requirements. Owners and design teams of qualifying projects are invited to provide project images, energy data, and other relevant information for review by a jury composed of CBE industry partners.

CBE invites leaders from the building industry and academia to serve as jurors for the award program. Most jurors are from among CBES Industry Advisory Board, and represent the diversity of CBEs membership, including representatives from manufacturing, engineering, architecture, contractors, utilities, and government. To enable participation from a wide range of potential jurors, the review and selection of the projects will be done via the Internet and conference calls.

For the first year of the award, CBE selected ten finalist buildings from those that used the CBE surveys before January 1, 2007. For each subsequent year, we reviewed the projects that have implemented the survey in the previous calendar year.

Use the links at left to see recent winners and those from previous years.

Livable Buildings Award

Livable Buildings Awards are presented annually for buildings that provide healthy and productive workplaces.