Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Life Cycle of Tall Building Structural Systems
Project Started: January 2013
Project Completed: January 2015
Funding Sponsor: ArcelorMittal
Principal Investigator(s):
Dr. Dario Trabucco, CTBUH and Dr. Antony Wood, CTBUH

Primary Output

Life Cycle Assessment of Tall Building Structural Systems

Research Report, 2015
188 pages, 8.5"W x 11"H

This Research Report identifies and compares the life cycle implications for the structural systems found in 60- and 120-story buildings. It provides the most accurate, up-to-date analysis on two key impact categories: Global Warming Potential (GWP) and Embodied Energy (EE).

This report is the product of a multi-faceted research project studying the life cycles of various tall building structural systems, graciously sponsored by a $300,000 grant from ArcelorMittal.

It establishes a definitive comparison of the life-cycle implications of steel, concrete, and composite structural systems in tall buildings. The study also developed a methodology for the assessment of life cycle energy and carbon use in tall building structural systems, which can now be adopted as a standard tool for the industry.

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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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