The Future Urban Ventilation Network Healthy Building Competition

The Future Urban Ventilation Network Healthy Building Competition

Competition closed. Results announced by end of June

Two of the grand challenges faced by architects and engineers this decade is in designing buildings and technology solutions that create healthy indoor environments and meet net zero targets. This competition invites applicants to propose an innovative building design or technology solution that addresses these two challenges together. 

The Future Urban Ventilation Network brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to understand the technical and practical challenges of a health-evidenced approach to urban building design and technology innovation. 

We are creating a strategy for a new holistic approach to creating healthy indoor environments, considering coupled indoor-outdoor flows in the context of current and future air quality challenges together with their impacts on thermal comfort, noise and energy use. 

To engage with the next generation of building performance engineers and indoor air quality specialists, we want to hear about projects involving innovative building or technology solutions that improve the indoor environment. 

Competition projects might include, but are not limited to: 

  • New building design 
  • Retrofit building design 
  • Integrated technology solutions 
  • Healthy building usability 
  • Building service technology innovation 
  • Integrated building and urban design solutions for health 
  • We accept entries for all types of building typologies and occupants. Our network scoping document might help to refine your ideas. 


Open to undergraduates, MEng, MA or MSc students in any discipline in the UK.  There will be two categories; individual and group (max 4 representatives per group). We welcome submissions from underrepresented groups.

Submissions should be on an A1 poster with a completed assessment form (below). Selected posters will be presented at the 2023 Clean Air Conference (funded attendance for prize winners).

Please email submissions to

Assessment criteria

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges from academia, industry and professional institutes. They will consider:

  • Does the submission address the indoor environment and net zero?
  • Is the submission innovative?
  • Does the submission consider the practicality and usability?
  • Is the submitted poster visually impactful and informative?


These cash prizes are funded by the Natural Environment Research Council’s Future Urban Ventilation Network.

  • First prize group = £400, first prize individual = £100
  • Second prize group = £200, second prize individual = £75
  • Third prize group = £100, third prize individual = £50