Far too often, information-sharing following the completion of a building is lacking. Developers' media teams extol the virtues of the environmental initiatives they are implementing or green ratings that they are going to achieve as the buildings go up, but little is then heard about how well these initiatives have performed.

The need to learn more from successes (and failures) is the main reason behind the new Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Performance Award. The CTBUH wants to help the tall building industry reverse a persistent and counterproductive trend – the resistance of building owners and managers to…