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MEP Working Group Holds Kickoff Meeting at CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference

The CTBUH MEP Working Group held its inaugural meeting as contributors gathered at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

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DUBAI - The CTBUH MEP Working Group held its kickoff meeting as part of the wider annual Leaders Meeting at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai. Chaired by Mehdi Jalayerian, Executive Vice Principal & Chief Innovation Officer, Environmental Systems Design, the primary objective of the Group is to produce a Technical Guide entitled “Stack Effect in High-Rise Buildings.” The intent of this publication is to offer design considerations for tall buildings in extreme climates that experience Stack Effect, a phenomenon that occurs when the difference between outdoor and indoor air temperature produces high pressure within a building, causing potential issues ranging from fire control to elevator door operation.

This inaugural meeting established the strategy and scope of the guide, as well as reviewed and broadened content assignment responsibilities, beginning with a proposed table of contents. Working Group members volunteered to write chapters on Environmental Considerations, Building Massing and Envelope, Energy and Natural Ventilation, among others. The group discussed the need for vertical transportation expertise in order to sufficiently develop a chapter called Vertical Transportation Considerations, and agreed they would collaborate with the Vertical Transportation Working Group to identify a contributor. The basic heading structure was established for the case studies to be included in the publication, and included baseline information about their conditions, such as season and temperature, air pressure and wind velocity.

After a productive first meeting, the group discussed next steps. A first draft of all contributor content is anticipated in January 2019, allowing time for revisions, peer review and implementation of final changes, before a final draft is submitted in the second quarter of 2019.


Surname First Name Company Location CTBUH Role
Jalayerian Mehdi Environmental Systems Design Chicago, USA MEP Working Group Chair
Antell James Telgian Engineering & Consulting Chicago, USA MEP Working Group
Colasanti Christopher JBB New York, USA MEP Working Group
Leung Luke Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Chicago, USA MEP Working Group
Phillips Duncan RWDI Toronto, Canada MEP Working Group
Pomerantz Gary WSP New York, USA MEP Working Group