Lighting category now open! Get recognition for your achievements now.

The Autumn session of the lighting category is now open. Getting recognition for your products, projects and initiatives from the Build Back Better Awards gives a range of immediate and long term benefits:

It gives vital independent and authoritative recognition of your achievements and products as examples of excellence.

It demonstrates to your prospects that your company is in the vanguard of developing technology for a new paradigm of working and leisure.

It provides a compelling marketing narrative in challenging times, when it’s harder than ever to cut through on both social media and other channels.

It adds credibility and authority to company collateral including websites, social media channels, literature, brochures, blogposts, advertisements, stationary, vehicles etc.

It gives important and permanent editorial exposure – written by experienced business and technology journalists – on independent channels including the Build Back Better Awards website and its social media channels.

This editorial exposure additionally provides SEO-vital links back to corporate and practice websites. 


Entering puts your innovation in front of your sector jury, a panel of 20 top practitioners and thought leaders in your market, a difficult-to-reach audience of major influencers and specifiers. 

Remember, unlike many awards where there is just one winner per category, the Build Back Better Awards programme recognises with an award all entries that meet the required standard according to the criteria as decided by the judges. 

Applying is straightforward. It’s as easy as filling in the online application form, uploading the supporting material and supplying a product sample if requested. 

After application, the documentation is put before the relevant sector specific expert panel, which is convened twice a year.

As well as the product sample, the panel can also request an in-person or online presentation to answer any questions that the judges may have. 

If the panel is satisfied it has the information it needs to proceed to an evaluation for rating, it will then assess the applications against the specified criteria. It will then award it a Build Back Better Gold or Build Back Better Platinum rating. 

Entries with a strong sustainability and environmental narrative may also be offered the option of a Build Back Better Green rating. This is in the gift of the judging team.


We welcome lighting projects from all sectors, including outdoor, public realm, workplace, retail, residential, healthcare, leisure, faith, hospitality and industrial. We particularly welcome projects where lighting has a social value and dimension beyond the illumination of a space.

Lighting that’s designed primarily for collaboration, wellbeing or inclusion, where the lighting is for people. We want to recognise and celebrate these schemes as exemplars of a shared future. 

There can be several Build Back Better Awards Platinum and Gold awards in the same category if the expert judges believe they merit the award.

Build Back Better Gold will be awarded to projects which exhibit innovation and unique points of difference, while Build Back Better Platinum is reserved for exceptional exemplars with a unique vision.

Projects should have been completed, substantially improved or refurbished between 1 January 2016 and 5 November 2021. 


Uniquely, the Build Back Better Awards welcomes industry initiatives. These could include enterprises, concepts, standards, methodologies and processes that advance the aims and objectives of the Awards programme. 

The lighting category is now open for entries. So what are you waiting for?