The IET Innovation Awards 2014



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We have provided step by step instructions on how to enter the Innovation Awards as well as handy hints for completing your entry form.

All the information you need to enter the Built Environment category can be found here.


Category scope

This category is open to all entries that demonstrate engineering, scientific and technological innovation in the built environment.

Entries are encouraged that relate to any aspect of the built environment including design proposals, system improvements or developments, installation methods, innovative use of new materials, product innovation, operation and maintenance of systems and equipment or components and all aspects relating to the built environment.

The submission must clearly demonstrate value to the end user and outline improvements in safety reliability, efficiency or robustness within the commercial world.

Innovation is about doing things differently, in a way that is exciting and impactful. It's about new ideas that have or can have a real, positive impact on the built environment. Engineering is one of the longest established professions in the world, it has been constantly introducing new ideas throughout the millennia. If you are introducing a step change that contributes to profit, performance and ultimately value (not necessarily monetary), tell us about it and enter these awards.

Innovations can be at any stage of development. It can also include innovations beyond products, systems and equipment, for example: intelligent design, projects, analysis, research, modelling etc. Entries should look to demonstrate benefits such as improved user productivity, comfort, reliability, robustness, efficiency, quality or sustainability.

The list below gives an indication of the broad area covered by this category.


Intelligent and green buildings

  • Intelligent environmental management systems
  • Sustainable energy generation and management
  • Systems integration
  • Embedded sensor technology
  • Combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Energy efficiency
  • Innovative use of natural resources

Specialised systems

  • ICT systems in buildings
  • Security and fire systems
  • Hazardous areas
  • Vertical transportation
  • Care and well-being support systems
  • Communications, entertainment and computing systems
  • Horizontal transportation (such as "travelators" and electro-magnetics including shielding and testing)

Building electrical distribution

  • Power distribution
  • Standby generation and UPS
  • Lighting, emergency lighting, and lighting protection
  • Earthing and bonding
  • Power quality (such as harmonics and electric heating e.g. under floor)
  • Power systems
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Health and safety

Building management and control ‘intelligent cities’

  • Building management systems
  • Access and security control
  • Asset management
  • Systems installation, commissioning and testing
  • Cable management
  • Value engineering and management
  • Electrical safety

We have provided step by step instructions on how to enter the Innovation Awards as well as handy hints for completing your entry form.


There are three simple steps to entering the awards



Prepare your entry form and any supporting evidence (if appropriate) along with a high res photo (min. 300dpi) of your innovation. You’ll need a succinct title and a brief description (50 words max), we also ask for a PR contact (if relevant).


Register as a new user on the online submission system and submit your entry form, evidence and photo following the on-screen instructions.


Put 19 November 2014 in your diary. You’ll need to attend the ceremony if you’re shortlisted!




Handy hints for completing your entry form

  • The title of your entry should describe the content and not include the name of your company or organisation with no more than 15 words
  • You may enter up to three categories with each innovation but will require a separate entry form for each
  • Ensure you actually describe how your innovation works (simple, but not always the case!)
  • No sales jargon please
  • Be specific to the questions posed
  • Remember to refer back to the judging criteria
  • Please remember that it is quality over quantity. Pay attention to the guideline words lengths
  • The description in question five may be used to describe your innovation in any general marketing and publicity that the institution does on your behalf should your entry reach finalist stage of the awards. This marketing will reach a very broad audience and needs to be constructed in non-technical terms. It should not simply repeat the entry title as the two will usually be listed together