Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 CTBUH 2016 International Research Seed Funding

Scheduled Project Started Date: October 2016
Anticipated Project Completion: 
October 2017
Funding Sponsor:
Taipei Financial Center Corp., via CTBUH 2016 Research Seed Funding
Principal Investigator:  Brent Stephens, Illinois Institute of Technology
Additional Team Members: Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

The 2016 Research Seed Funding, sponsored by Taipei Financial Center Corp, was awarded to Brent Stephens, an associate professor of architectural engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) who will work with Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), to conduct research measuring the vertical distribution of both indoor and outdoor pollutants, including particulate matter, ozone, and nitrogen oxides, in a sample of tall buildings in Chicago, United States. The project, entitled “Vertical Variations in Indoor Exposures to Outdoor Pollutants in Tall Buildings,” will serve to characterize the impacts of building height on human exposures to outdoor pollutants.

2016 Funding Sponsor

The research project will begin within two months of the award being given, and will be completed within a maximum of nine months, at which point a report will be delivered to CTBUH for publication and dissemination. The winning proposal was chosen by CTBUH’s Expert Peer Review Committee out of 28 total submissions.

Project Milestones
2016, August: IIT Professor Wins Research Seed Funding
2016, June: Research Seed Funding Submission Proposals

2016, May: Research Seed Funding Announcement

Freda Tsai (L), General Manager, Tower Management, Taipei Financial Center Corp presents the CTBUH International Research Seed Funding check to Luke Leung (R), Director of MEP/Sustainability, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

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
•    March 7, 2016: Announcement formally launched
•    May 31, 2016 (12 pm Chicago Time): Submission deadline
•    July 25, 2016: Decision communicated to winning team
•    October 18, 2016: Winning proposal recognized at the CTBUH 2016 Conference
•    November 2016 to April 2017 (approx.) – Research project undertaken

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