Strategies for Integrated Design of Sustainable Tall Buildings

Dec 10, 2008

This research paper examines the process of integration of tall building systems with special emphasis on sustainable buildings. The design of tall buildings warrants a multidisciplinary approach and requires the integration of architectural components, structure, vertical transportation, fire safety, energy conservation, and communication systems. A major component of this research entails the development of an “Integration Web” that illustrates the relationships and interdependence of the physical systems of tall buildings. It is a tool that can be used by architects, engineers, and planners to facilitate coordination.

Case studies of buildings are mentioned, which represent a new generation of sustainable high-rise buildings that are challenging conventional high-rise building practices and setting trends for such future projects incorporating innovations in materials and smart building systems. These buildings are seemingly well-tuned to their climate; and they provide a major portion of their own energy requirements through integrated passive design, daylighting, and intelligent control systems.

Mir M. Ali, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Paul J. Armstrong, MArch, R.A. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
The American Institute of Architects

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