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.

  1. 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.
  2. The collection and presentation of key data is required and the building must have more than a year of measured data.
  3. 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.
  4. Candidates for the Performance Award will need to show documentary evidence of the building performance, which should be benchmarked.
  5. Some form of independent verification should be available.
  6. 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

View an extract from the CTBUH Performance Award 2014 winning submission.