Students will work either individually or as teams to develop solutions to problems in the fields of indoor air quality and “healthy buildings”.


All entrants must be students (not working full-time).


The entry should focus on healthy buildings (rather than the broader topic of “sustainability”), be it at home, in the workplace, in public spaces (schools, hospitals, etc.), in the developed or developing world, etc.

1. Each entry must be developed by a team of students (or an individual) of any level, without assistance by professors or non-student researchers

2. Each entrant may only contribute to one entry

3. Entries may be in the form of a paper, video, architectural model, etc. so long as the focus is on a solution and documented appropriately

4. Written entries must be less than five pages in length (including references and figures) in 12pt font, submitted as PDF files

5. Entries must be in English


The categories for the competition are:

  • policy: how can healthy building design and practice be encouraged?
  • engineering: how can we make a building healthy?
  • design and construction: how do you build a healthy building?
  • developing world: how can we achieve healthy buildings where money is limited?

Distribution of entries

All abstracts will be distributed to conference attendees in a booklet, with the submitted PDF files available from a page on the conference website.


Entries will be judged by a group of professors, practitioners and fellow students who do not submit entries. The evaluation will be based on a 100 point scale weighted according to quality of presentation of work (20%), potential benefit to society (25%), feasibility (25%) and creativity (30%).


Creativity is a major component of the assessment for the panel evaluation and we encourage students to think outside the box. Solutions should be ambitious but realisable (for example, personal HEPA filters for wearing in the home and/or office is probably not a realistic solution).


The top entry in each category will receive certificate awards at Healthy Buildings 2012 and give a 10 minute presentation to a plenary session on the final day of the conference and have their paper included in the proceedings of the conference.


Entries must be received no later than 18 May 2012 (8 weeks prior to the conference).


Please email your entry to healthybuildings2012@gmail.com by the 18th of May 2012.