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 30 November .
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: Projects submitted to the CTBUH Awards program will also be eligible for inclusion in the CTBUH’s Annual Skyscrapers publication. 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 which could be used as a short entry to explain the project holistically in a publication. (200 word maximum)
- Describe why the project performance is exemplary and how the performance has been measured and verified. (200 word maximum)
- Describe the key performance metrics. (200 word maximum)
Part 3: Participation Consent
Participation in the CTBUH Awards Program requires consent to the following:
- The Winner is expected to attend and present at the two-day Awards Conference on their project, typically taking place in Chicago in May each year. The Winner is expected to attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Awards Conference, and collect the awards and give a short acceptance speech.
- All projects entered to the CTBUH awards are eligible for inclusion in CTBUH’s Skyscrapers book publication which features a global snapshot of tall building completion and technologies annually. The book is published by CTBUH 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 inclusion; appropriate, high resolution images were not provided in the submission; the project was submitted for multiple award categories and will only be included in the book once, etc.
- Innovations developed or implemented in the Greater China region (including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Mainland China) will be automatically submitted to the CTBUH’s separate China Awards program, with no additional submission work necessary.
- Right to Usage of Materials: All submitted text, images, and drawings are provided with the understanding that they may be used in the CTBUH Annual Skyscrapers publication, as well as on the CTBUH website, press releases, and awards announcements for the purpose of promoting the awards events and winners/finalist. This includes the building’s profile page on the CTBUH Skyscraper Center database. 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.
- The Performance Award Winner is expected to attend and present at the two-day Awards Conference on their project and attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Awards Conference to collect the award and give a short acceptance speech.