Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Life Cycle of Tall Building Structural Systems
Project Started: January 2013
Anticipated Project Completion: January 2015
Funding Sponsor: ArcelorMittal
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Antony Wood, CTBUH and Dario Trabucco, CTBUH
“A Whole Life Cycle Assessment of the Sustainable Aspects of Structural Systems in Tall Buildings” is a multi-faceted research project to study the life cycles of various tall building structural systems, sponsored by a $300,000 grant from ArcelorMittal.

It will create a definitive comparison of the life-cycle implications of steel, concrete and composite structural systems in tall buildings. The study will also develop a methodology for the assessment of life cycle energy and carbon use in tall building structural systems, which could be adopted as a standard tool for the industry.
Structural systems in tall buildings. Left to Right: Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago, Concrete; New York Times Tower, New York, Steel; Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, Composite

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