It typically costs around $500 (if not more) each time I enter an awards program. Sometimes you have to pay a separate fee for each category the project is entered into.
Like giving yourself a big pat on the back for just doing your job; does that really deserve an award?
Most of my client referrals come from previous clients, who probably wouldn't recommend you to others if you aren't very good. Besides, if you do happen to win, your peers will either be jealous or say you didn’t deserve it.
Often awards don't acknowledge all of the parties involved to bring a project to fruition. For example, structural engineers make sure the building doesn't fall down, but they don't get a lot of recognition for their (important) work.
I've frequently heard whisperings along the lines of "so-and-so will get the award this year because they missed out last year/it's their turn/they will crack the shits if we don't."
Need I say more?
Done that too!
There’s much more to be gained from an energy rating tool than the number of Stars. Sid Thoo and Alex Raynes-Goldie demonstrate how an energy rating tool can help tweak the building’s orientation, materials, shading and more.