CTBUH Research Efforts Bearing Fruit


The second day of the Conference also put the research agenda of the CTBUH on display for all to see and enjoy in its various incarnations. During Plenary Two, the recipient of the latest CTBUH International Research Seed Funding was announced, Jason Barr an Economics Professor at Rutgers University. Barr will use the $20,000 award to investigate the determinants of skyscraper heights and completion rates across 62 Chinese cities from 1978 to 2014. Now in its fourth year, this year’s seed funding has been made possible with the kind support of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited.

Later that day, the results of last year’s Seed Funding were presented in the form of facaderetrofit.org. This database, created by a team of faculty and students at the University of Southern California (USC), is an online resource for the AEC community, which hosts hundreds of building projects that have undergone or are in the process of a façade retrofit. Andrea Martinez from USC presented the database in its completion during Session 5d, encouraging all attending to help grow this promising asset.

The Council was also very proud on the occasion of the Conference to release the results of a three-year research endeavor called A Life Cycle Assessment of Tall Building Structural Systems. This project, sponsored by ArcelorMittal, quantifies for the first time the embodied energy and global warming potential of myriad structural systems and materials for tall buildings. The final research report publication went on sale at the CTBUH Exhibition Stand during the conference and a presentation was given on topic by the Council’s own Dario Trabucco, Research Manager, CTBUH.