Towards NetZero Ireland Awards

Towards NetZero Ireland is a new, free-to-enter, national construction awards programme devised to encourage and reward architects, contractors and engineers who are striving to establish new coordinates for sustainable design in Ireland. 

As we seek to be carbon neutral by 2050, what we need now is to move from aspiration to action, to insightful design, appropriate technology, knowledge sharing, data analysis and imagination. The AEC sector, working closely with clients, can help make this happen.

These new awards will help drive this critical objective by recognising those who show leadership in striving for net zero buildings. They are open to architects, contractors and engineers who demonstrate significant progress along the path towards net zero energy and carbon neutrality. 

State Architect Ciaran O’Conner is Chair of the panel of assessors, while the other judges include Michael Curran, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland; Mona Duff, Senior Manager at International WELL Building Institute (IWBI); Paul Martin, Programme Manager, Technical Standards Development, SEAI and John Macken, Associate Director, O’Mahony Pike Architects. 

Submissions can be made online at

Submission requirements

Step 1 – Complete the form to indicate your intention to make a submission by no later than Friday, 10 June, 2022.

Step 2 – Compile an A4-format PDF document of not more than 20 pages – incorporating the Submission Requirements as detailed below – and upload it along with the project name and details, as indicated, no later than Friday, 15 July, 2022.


  • Buildings completed on the island of Ireland up to the end of December 2021.
  • The assessors’ decision is final on the eligibility of submitted projects.

Submission Requirements

  • Entrants must provide drawings, photographs and text to illustrate the concept, idea, functional strategy and physical execution of the submitted building in a meaningful and clear manner;
  • Drawings must include plans, elevations, sections and site layout
  • A minimum of six full-colour photographs which give clear and comprehensive views in context, and in design detail and execution.
  • A descriptive text of not more than 800 words explaining the project must be submitted. The introductory paragraph should summarise the project and highlight key information such as the building’s projected energy usage, and the carbon emissions associated with its construction. The remaining factual text should give a more detailed description of the design approach, the build quality, and other key points the entrant considers relevant. For example, the building brief, site context, design concept and other architectural and engineering features that demonstrate NetZero ambitions.