This award recognizes projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall building renovation, and that take the technical solutions and possibilities for such renovations to the next level, innovatively extending the life cycle of the building. 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.

  1. The project advances innovative tall building renovation, perhaps to an extent that has not been attempted, or achieved, before.
  2. The renovation solution is efficient, cost-effective, and replicable to other projects.
  3. The project exhibits sustainable qualities at a broad level:
    • Environment – minimize effects on the natural environment
    • 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.
  4. The project achieves a high standard of excellence and quality in its realization.
  5. The renovation project must be completed within a 24-month eligibility window: for the  awards, a project must have a completion date between January 1,  and December 31, . In some cases, a project may be complete according to CTBUH completion criteria, but the presence of a crane/hoist for ongoing interior fit-out work may prevent final photography and thus submission to the current year’s awards. In such cases, a one-year grace period to the above date criteria may be granted.
  6. It should also be noted that, though materials should be sufficient to inform and inspire the jury in making their decision on “awards of excellence” recipients, supplementary, final photography and other materials can be submitted prior to the final category judging at the Innovation Conference event.
  7. Projects submitted to all CTBUH awards must meet the CTBUH definition requirements for a “building,” noting that telecommunications/observation towers are not eligible. A tall building can be classed as such if at least 50% of its height is occupied by usable floor area. Projects must also be considered “tall” buildings. If a project is less than 14 stories, or less than 50 meters, it is unlikely to qualify. Please contact awards@ctbuh.org if you are unsure if your specific project will qualify.
  8. The contributions of the project should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the CTBUH.