Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

 CTBUH 2014 International Research Seed Funding
Project Started: October 2014
Project Completed: 
July 2015
Funding Sponsor: ECADI 
, via CTBUH 2014 Research Seed Funding
Principal Investigator:
Prof. Douglas Noble, University of Southern California School of Architecture
Primary Output is an online resource for the architecture, engineering, and construction community that provides readily accessible building façade retrofit data and related resources to guide deep energy retrofits from concept to built realities. The site hosts hundreds of building projects which have undergone or are in the process of a retrofit, with completions spanning from 1950–2015. It is designed to include highly customizable search functionalities, allowing users to easily narrow in on desired content.

The recipient of 2014 Research Seed Funding, kindly sponsored by ECADI , was a team from the University of Southern California, whose project, “Building Façade Retrofit: A Database Of Completed Projects,” studied façade-design optimization projects undertaken on existing tall buildings to date. ECADI Chairman Junjie Zhang presented an oversized check to USC team member Andrea Martinez. The research project began within two months of the award and and was completed in  nine months, at which point the results were delivered to CTBUH for dissemination.  The winner was chosen by the CTBUH’s Research Seed Funding Review Committee out of 30 proposals received from 11 countries.

2014 Funding Sponsor

Project Milestones
2015, July: Website Launched
2014, September: University of Southern California Team Wins Research Seed Funding

2014, May: Research Seed Funding Submission Proposals

2014, April: Research Seed Funding Review Committee
2014, January: Research Seed Funding Announcement
USC team member Andrea Martinez (right) accepts the Seed Funding check from former CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson (left) and ECADI Chairman Junjie Zhang (center)

Amount: US$20,000, payable in two equal installments – US$10,000 at initiation and US$10,000 at project completion/delivery of final report.

Key Dates
•    January 27, 2014 – Announcement Formally Launched
•    May 12, 2014 (12:00 PM Chicago Time) – Proposal Submission Deadline
•    June 30, 2014 - Winning Proposal Selected
•    September 17, 2014 – Winning proposal recognized during the 2014 Shanghai Conference Dinner
•    October 2014 – March 2015 (approx.) – Research Project undertaken

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