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Since CAT’s inception we have tried to push the boundaries and explore new ways of engaging and working with the public and a wide array of people to try and create a better, more sustainable world.

Over the years we have been honoured to win a variety of awards in recognition for some of the work we do.

Architecture Awards

Wales Institute for Sustainable Education

Designed by CAT architects Pat Borer and David Lea, the WISE building is an innovative and gorgeous looking structure that brings together various 'green' building techniques to create a modern, comfortable and stylish building that over time has won a number of awards.

  • Outstanding Earthen Architecture in Europe Award 2011 – Terra Incognita, Education and Culture DG, EU Culture Programme
  • Regional Architecture Award 2011 – Royal Institute of British Architects Award
  • Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize 2012 – Dewi-Prys Thomas Trust
  • National Building Excellence Awards 2011: Best Technical Innovation – About Local Authority Building Control (LABC)
  • Listed number 1 in the Daily Telegraph’s list of “Top 10 Buildings of 2010″, calling it ” an extremely worthy building but a ravishingly beautiful one too.”
  • Listed in the Guardian’s 2010 “Top 10” buildings list.
  • “Highly commended” at National Eisteddfod architecture competition.


Lecture theatre with rammed earth walls

General Awards

Over the years we've won an array of awards for some of the work we do.

  • Bluepatch Sustainable Innovation Award 2020
  • Award Winner 2011 – Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy UK for “inspiring a workforce for the future” and CAT’s educational efforts as a whole.
  • Shortlisted for the AJ Small Project Awards – Architect’s Journal for Coed Gwern Bird Hide by CAT Professional Diploma Students.
  • People and Environment Business award 2012
  • Accreditation as “Evidence towards achieving CEng (Chartered Engineer -professional qualification)” – Energy Institute
  • Best conference paper award – Retrofit 2012 Academic Conference, Salford University (2012) for Rhydwen R. & Wright M. & Miskin N. & Flower A., Butler A. (2012) Dry-lining versus a hemp and lime insulating render for internal thermal renovation of a stone cottage in West Wales, including embodied energy assessment, interstitial wall monitoring, In-situ U-Value and WUFI modelling.

Zero Carbon Britain

Launched at Westminster Parliament, Zero Carbon Britain is the Centre for Alternative Technologies' flagship research project aimed at showing that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.

  • Renewables Campaigner Award – RenewableUK, the UK’s leading renewable energy industry trade body in 2012
  • Outstanding Contribution to Public Awareness of Green Energy 2013 – Wales Green Energy Awards, read the blog post here
windmill in the sunset

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