Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
International Commerce Centre Wins
Inaugural CTBUH Performance Award
•    Hong Kong’s tallest is a paragon of energy and operational management
•    Award provides platform for defining “performance” in tall buildings
•    10-Year, Lifetime Achievement and Worldwide awards announced next

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July 16, 2014

CHICAGO – The International Commerce Centre (ICC), a 484-meter office tower in Hong Kong, has won the inaugural Performance Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The CTBUH Performance Award was established to help the tall-building industry reverse a persistent and counterproductive trend – the resistance of building owners and managers to releasing valuable performance data, particularly energy data, from which the entire industry could benefit.
The International Commerce Centre (ICC)
Most awards programs focus on design intent, as opposed to actual performance – often well-intentioned projects are not revisited, and thus not held accountable for their claims of energy conservation, financial performance, urban regeneration ability, etc. The Performance Award thus recognizes the measured performance of a building or development, and the award goes to the project that has the lowest measured environmental impact on the urban realm, using actual data. The purpose of the Award is to not only recognize buildings that excel in their particular conditions, but to call attention to the need for information-sharing about building performance at a much more comprehensive level than is seen currently.

Information collection and sharing is one of the key reasons ICC is this year’s winner. Completed in 2010, the ICC is Hong Kong’s tallest building, but is being recognized for its management team’s devotion to managing the facility from a commercial, environmental and community standpoint. ICC’s energy performance in 2013 placed it among the top 90th percentile of energy-efficient tall commercial buildings. The ICC arrived at this milestone through the combination of a computerized building management system, a policy of replacing underperforming mechanical equipment, and perhaps most importantly, incorporating measurement and reporting into its high-service business model. Each tenant is assigned its own account manager, who provides responsive service, but also encourages tenants to participate in, and undertake their own, energy-saving initiatives. As an economic / commercial validation of this approach, the building is 98 percent occupied.  

“The ICC owners and management team have made an outstanding commitment to describing and documenting building performance,” said David Scott, Technical Awards Jury Chair and lead structural director of the Engineering Excellence Group at Laing O’Rourke, London, UK. “They have clearly articulated to the tenants and to the public how the building works and how their tenants can live in a more sustainable way.  They have looked at sustainability in a comprehensive and holistic way. Their documentation is exemplary and sets a new bar for clarity about energy use. It is worth all building operators looking at how this performance is documented.”

The Technical Awards Jury has also recognized the following Finalist in the Performance category (see supplemental document for further details).
  • Jin Mao Tower, has actively maintained key performance indicators since it opened in 1999, and operates a strategy of continuous improvement, integrating monthly energy-consumption analysis meetings with computerized monitoring.
All award winners, including the 2014 Best Tall Building Winners and Finalists, will be recognized at the CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Symposium, which will take place at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, on November 6. The symposium will be followed by the Awards Ceremony and Dinner in the iconic Crown Hall, designed by Mies van der Rohe. The 10-Year and Lifetime Achievement awards will be announced in the coming weeks, and will also feature at November’s awards events.  Click here to see the previously announced 2014 regional Best Tall Building award winners, here to see the 2014 Urban Habitat award winner and finalist, and here to see the 2014 Tall Building Innovation Award winner and finalist.

The CTBUH Awards are an independent review of new projects, judged by a panel of industry experts. Projects are recognized for making an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and for achieving sustainability at the broadest level.

Winners and finalists are featured in the annual CTBUH Awards Book, which is published in conjunction with a major global publisher and distributed internationally each year.

View an overview of last year’s Awards Ceremony & Dinner

Performance Award:

Winner – International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong, China
Finalist – Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China

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