Before you begin your submission, please prepare the following materials in order to successfully complete the online submission process. The deadline for all submissions is 15 December .
Part 1: Basic Project Information
- Project Name
- Project Address
- Completion Date (year and month)
- Current Percentage of Occupancy
Part 2: Written Description
Please prepare answers to the following questions within the given word counts. Note: Submitted projects will be eligible to be featured in the CTBUH Best Tall Buildings book to be published in conjunction with the Awards. Please keep in mind that the text description you enter here will also be referred to in the creation of the book. View sample pages from last year’s book
- Give a succinct overview of how the project has successfully performed, and why it should win the CTBUH Performance Award. (200 word maximum)
- Describe the key performance metrics. (400 word maximum)
- Describe why the project performance is exemplary and how the performance has been measured and verified. (400 word maximum)
- Describe how the project operates and how energy performance has been optimized. (400 word maximum)
Part 3: Participation Consent
Participation in the CTBUH Awards Program requires consent to the following:
- All projects entered are eligible for inclusion in the awards book publication which features all submitted projects in a given awards year. The book is published by CTBUH in conjunction with an international publisher and distributed globally, thus providing excellent promotion for the submitted projects and companies involved.
- While it is typical that most submissions are included in the publication, CTBUH reserves the right to determine that a project will not be included for reasons that include, but are not limited to: a project does not meet the eligibility requirements for the award; appropriate, high resolution images were not provided in the submission; the project was submitted for multiple categories and will only be included in the book under one category, etc.
- Finalists are expected to attend and present at the two-day Chicago Conference on their project. These presentations will be the basis for the jury’s selection of winners.
- Winners and Finalists are expected to attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Chicago Conference, and in the event that the project is named a Winner, collect the awards and give a short acceptance speech.
- Right to Usage of Materials: All submitted text, images, and drawings are provided with the understanding that they will be used in the awards book tentatively titled Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of Skyscrapers, as well as on the CTBUH website, press releases, and awards announcements for the purpose of promoting the awards events and winners/finalist. Copyright clearance and payment of any fees for artwork is to be organized by the submitter prior to submission. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) confirms that all material will be properly identified with the appropriate copyright notice and credit line, as supplied during the upload process.
Part 4: Reports, Drawings/Images & Supplemental Documents
It is left to the submitter’s discretion on how to best and most accurately illustrate the project’s performance, but, as an ideal, a submission that shows performance data/metrics against standard benchmarks for a minimum period of one year would be considered excellent documentary evidence.
Additional documentation or research that you would like to share can be submitted up to a combined maximum of 50 pages. However, please be advised that your answers to Part 2 should serve as the primary source to convey your building’s performance to the jury.
Please include a selection of images (overall, details, interiors, etc.) and drawings (plans, sections, details, etc.) of the building for reference.
Images and drawings should be submitted as individual files and should be medium to high resolution (300dpi at 8.5in x 11in size). Whenever possible, drawings should be submitted as vector based graphics (EPS, PDF).
Supported file formats: JPG, JPEG, TIFF, TIF, EPS, PDF, DWG, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX
Individual file sizes cannot exceed 20 MB each.
Total upload size of all files cannot exceed 500 MB.
Captions, Copyright & Sort Order
Once your images/drawings are added you will be asked to provide copyright information and captions. For the benefit of the jury, please be as descriptive as possible in your captions. The jury will review the files in the order you upload them. We advise starting with images and drawings, then any supplemental documents.
Performance Award Criteria
The CTBUH Best Tall Building awards, like most awards programs, recognize new buildings – based partly on the stated intentions of these buildings. However, it is increasingly being recognized that the industry needs to focus on actual “performance” rather than “best intentions” and thus, the CTBUH Performance Award recognizes proven environmental value and performance over a period of time.
The Performance Award recognizes the measured environmental performance of a building or development, and the award goes to the building that has the least environmental impact on the urban realm using measured data. The purpose of the award is to recognize buildings that excel in their particular conditions.
- For a building to be considered for the CTBUH Performance Award, it must be at least three years since completion, and the building should have 70 percent occupancy or above.
- The collection and presentation of key data is required and the building must have more than a year of measured data.
- Environmental performance can be assessed in any category, including but not limited to, internal environmental performance, energy use, energy improvements (e.g., reductions for refurbishment), use of natural resources, energy creation, and carbon footprinting. The performance should be linked to occupant satisfaction and contribution to urban realm although this will be subjective and shall only be a deciding factor between buildings of similar performance.
- Candidates for the Performance Award will need to show documentary evidence of the building performance, which should be benchmarked.
- Some form of independent verification should be available
- It is left to the submitter’s discretion on how to best and most accurately illustrate this performance, but, as an ideal, a submission that shows performance data/metrics against standard benchmarks for a minimum period of one year would be considered excellent documentary evidence.