Best Tall Building Awards Criteria
Best Tall Building Awards are recognized by Height Category, Function Category, and Regional Category:
- Height: under 100 meters; 100-199 meters; 200-299 meters; 300-399 meters; 400 meters and above.
- Function: Office Space; Residential / Hotel Space; Mixed-Use Space
- Region: Americas; Asia; Australia; Europe; Middle East & Africa
- Overall Best Tall Building Worldwide (selected from the Category Winners above)
These awards recognize projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability and wellness at the highest and broadest level. The winning projects must also exhibit processes and/or innovations that have added to the profession of design and enhance the cities and the lives of their inhabitants. Some of the criteria for submission are outlined below. It is important to note that, with the exception of the two points regarding completion date eligibility and tall building definitions, a project does not necessarily need to meet every listed criterion. Submissions should demonstrate strengths in areas that are applicable. NOTE: Projects will automatically be considered for both “Building” and “Space” awards, based on the common submission below.
- The project advances seamless integration of architectural form, structure, building systems, sustainable design and wellness strategies, innovative space configurations and life safety for its occupants.
- The project exhibits sustainable qualities at a broad level:
- Environment – minimize effects on the natural environment through proper site utilization, innovative uses of materials, energy reduction, use of alternative energy sources, and reduced emissions and water consumption
- People – has a positive effect on the inhabitants and the quality of human lives
- Community – demonstrates relevance to the contemporary and future needs of the community in which it is located
- Economic – adds economic vitality to its occupants, owner, and community.
- A project is only eligible for consideration of a CTBUH award in a specific category once, and cannot be submitted in a consecutive year’s awards program for the same category regardless of whether it may still meet the completion date criteria.
- A single project can submit for consideration across multiple award categories, in the same or consecutive year, though each submission needs to be crafted differently, according to the specifics of the particular awards category criteria.
- Awards in some categories may not be conferred on an annual basis if the criteria cannot be clearly met or demonstrated.
- If a juror is connected with a nominated project, he/she will not be involved in the judging of that project.
- Jury selections for all winners must be ratified by the CTBUH Board of Trustees.
- All projects entered to the CTBUH awards will also be eligible for inclusion in CTBUH’s Skyscrapers book publication which features a global overview of tall building completion annually. The book is published by CTBUH and distributed globally, thus providing excellent promotion for the submitted projects and companies involved.
- “Award of Excellence” winners are expected to comply with the following responsibilities:
- Representatives of the project (for Best Tall Building, Urban Habitat, 10 Year, Interior Design, and Renovation categories this must be both the owner/developer and design architect/urban planner/interior architect) must present at the Innovation Conference for consideration of also winning the category overall, with all speakers representing the project needing to be CTBUH organizational members. These presentations will form the basis for the jury’s selection of Overall Category Winners.
- Attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Innovation Conference to collect the award(s).
- Support the Council, who do not charge any fees to administer the awards program, by all speakers paying the subsidized speaker registration rate at the Conference.