Research Project

Building Façade Retrofit: A Database of Completed Projects

Project Start: October 2014
Project Completion: July 2015
Principal Investigators: Douglas Noble, Building and Systems Analytics

The recipient of 2014 Research Seed Funding, kindly sponsored by ECADI , was a team from the University of Southern California, whose project, “Building Façade Retrofit: A Database Of Completed Projects,” studied façade-design optimization projects undertaken on existing tall buildings to date. ECADI Chairman Junjie Zhang presented an oversized check to USC team member Andrea Martinez. The research project began within two months of the award and was completed in nine months, at which point the results were delivered to CTBUH for dissemination. The winner was chosen by the CTBUH’s Research Seed Funding Review Committee out of 30 proposals received from 11 countries.

Primary Output is an online resource for the architecture, engineering, and construction community that provides readily accessible building façade retrofit data and related resources to guide deep energy retrofits from concept to built realities. The site hosts hundreds of building projects which have undergone or are in the process of a retrofit, with completions spanning from 1950–2015. It is designed to include highly customizable search functionalities, allowing users to easily narrow in on desired content.


Funding Partner

Steering Committee Members

About the Funding Partner

Affiliated to Shanghai Xiandai Architectural Design Group, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI) is one of China’s most influential architectural design institutions.


ECADI is dedicated to enhancing high-end market share and reputation, thus establishing a benchmark for China’s proprietary brands. They uphold the entrepreneurship of “Efficient, Cooperative, Advanced, Dedicated, Innovated” to develop its business nationwide and worldwide.


With the positioning of “International ideas, Chinese practice”, as well as the philosophy and brand image of “ECADI design, International quality, Local service”, ECADI strives to become an international design company taking a lead in China and boasting international competitiveness.



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