Since 1999, FVHF has been awarding the German facade award, Deutscher Fassadenpreis, for rear-ventilated facades on a biennial basis. The award ceremony takes place on the German day of the facade, Deutscher Fassadentag. Awards are given for facade concepts of high architectural quality, which provide long-term impetus in respect to ecological and economic development. The German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) classified the German facade award as an award with “national significance”, while the Federal Foundation for Architectural Culture rated the award as “one of the most important awards of architectural culture”. As the awarding authority, FVHF has been a constant guest at the convention of the Federal Foundation for Architectural Culture, where the winners are presented.
The award is also highly regarded by architects, which is proven by the outstanding submissions in recent years. The tradition of predominately choosing the winners of the previous year to be on the judging committee has also proven to be very effective. This significantly contributes to the quality of interaction with the submitted projects. Since 2005, the award ceremony for the German facade award has been hosted and organised in cooperation with the magazine “Detail.” The project presentations have been contributing to the introduction of excellent architecture into public discourse. Visitors and observers are thus able to gain comprehensive insight into the architectural quality of buildings with rear-ventilated facades.
The Energy Efficient Facade