We are pleased to announce we are now taking entries for the inaugural RISE awards. Hosted by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, the RISE Awards showcase and celebrate the most innovative and forward thinking industry and academic/industry partnered sustainability research and initiatives in the built environment across four key strands; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise.

With a broad spectrum of projects represented, these awards will seek to recognise and reward industry leaders in energy efficiency, new technologies, products and processes, research, design, behavioural change and more!

Free to enter, winning a RISE award will demonstrate to your peers that you are a proactive and progressive organisation driving real change in the way our industry designs and builds, and showing commitment to embedding sustainability principles throughout the organisation and beyond.

The closing date for all entries is Wednesday 9th September 2015. The winners will be judged by our panel of academic and industry experts and revealed on 18th September at our exclusive and intimate gala presentation evening in Leeds. Attended by leading industry figures, the event itself will be the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your initiative, maximising your exposure and helping you to bring your expertise to a new audience.

In addition there will be plenty of opportunities for entrants to have ongoing engagement with the University and its networks beyond the awards through our Leeds Sustainability Institute research hub initiatives and projects; including presenting and guest lecturing opportunities.


We are pleased to reveal details of our exclusive RISE Awards ceremony which is taking place at the Park Plaza in Leeds on the evening of 18th September. The dress code is smart/ business formal (i.e. one step down from black tie).


18:30 Drinks Reception

19:10 Call to Dinner and Welcome addresses

19:50  3 course dinner including tea/coffee

21:30 Awards Ceremony

23:00 Close


Table Bookings (table of 10) £700 + VAT

Individual Place Bookings £75 + VAT

Click here to book


We have a number of very generous sponsorship packages for these awards – details can be found in the attached document below. Please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 to secure your category.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Entries can be made for a project, process, product or a service.

In order to enter please produce a one to two page poster outlining your product, process, project or service which addresses one or more of the category themes detailed below. Your poster should include text, images and where possible facts and figures that will provide the judges with tangible evidence of performance & outcomes against your strategic aims for the initiative.

Sample Poster – Rise Awards 2015

  • All submissions must be made by 17:00 on Wednesday 9th September 2015
  • All submissions must include details of a primary company contact (name, address & telephone number to be supplied) for correspondence in relation to the entry.
  • All submissions must include text and images as well as facts and figures where appropriate.
  • All posters should be submitted electronically, via email to riseawards@leedsbeckett.ac.uk . You will receive an acknowledgement of your entry by return email. Please contact us on 0113 812 1902 if you have submitted an entry and NOT received email acknowledgement.
  • There is no limit on entries. Companies can submit as many projects, products, processes or services as they like.
  • A product, process, project or service can be submitted into more than one category. Please indicate the categories you are applying for on entry.
  • Any clients must be made aware in advance of any entries that refer to them.
  • We regret that we cannot return any posters so please keep your own copies on file.
  • The organisers reserve the right to feature / display submitted material in any editorial or promotional work related to the award scheme.
  • All awards on the evening of 18th September are made at the discretion of the judges and the LSI RISE award organisers.
  • The judges reserve the right not to make an award in any particular category.
  • The judges have authority to move entries in to different categories where appropriate. We will inform you if that is the case.

For 2015 we have 8 different categories available for you to make your submission against. You can make as many submissions as you want and the same project/product or case study can be submitted into more than one category. Please indicate which categories you are applying for on submission.


Research & Development

Award Category Entries could include:
1 Field and Laboratory Research Whole building performance: Research, Development and Innovation,New Build: DomesticRetrofitDomestic Engineered and System BuildNew Build: Commercial, Industrial and Non-DomesticRetrofit: Commercial, Industrial and Non-DomesticAdvanced Buildings and StructuresPassive, Net zero and Energy Plus Developments, Building Services and Energy Management Systems
2 Product and Element Interface Product Research Design and DevelopmentAdvanced Wall SolutionsAdvanced Floor SolutionsAdvanced Roof SolutionsAdvanced Junctions and InterfacesAdvance Doors, Windows and FeaturesIntegrated Solutions within Whole Buildings
3 New Technologies Advanced Technology and InnovationGreen EnergyEfficient Information and Communication TechnologyBuilding Systems and ControlsEnergy Analytics and Big DataSustainable TechnologyAdvanced and Responsive MaterialsEnergy Monitoring



Award Category Entries could include:
4 Design, Innovation & Creativity Domestic /Commercial/Industrial BuildingsCreative and Innovative FacadesBuilding ProductsEngineered Solutions and ProductsAdvanced Building DesignsAffordable Building DesignsCreative Solutions



Award Category Entries could include:
5 Sustainable Developments(Domestic & Non Domestic) & Energy Energy Efficiency Building PerformanceRenewable Heat and EnergyEnergy Generation, Services and Building SystemsBuilding Materials and ProcessesWind, Solar, Hydro, Biomass, Geothermal and Energy
6 Heritage Award for Restoration/ Retrofit Restoration HeritageTraditional Building MethodsEnergy EfficiencyPlanning for Sustainability
7 Behavioural Change Change that creates a positive impact on the use of energy.  Open to initiatives aligned with the following headings :Positive Energy, Behaviour Change, Socio-Technology for Energy EfficiencyProcesses for Energy EfficiencySocial models, Structures and Developments for Energy Efficiency



Award Category Entries could include:
8 Enterprise The winner will be the project that best demonstrates enterprise, knowledge and understanding in the field.



If you have any questions about the RISE awards please contact the CKE team on 0113 812 1902 or via email to riseawards@leedsbeckett.ac.uk