Research Project

Life Cycle of Tall Building Structural Systems

Project Start: January 2013
Project Completion: January 2015
Principal Investigators: Dario Trabucco & Antony Wood, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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.


Funding Partner

Research Output

Life Cycle Assessment of Tall Building Structural Systems

Price: $20

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About the Funding Partner

With approximately 114 million tonnes of annual production capacity and 199,000 employees across 60 countries, ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company.


With an industrial presence in 18 countries, ArcelorMittal is a leader in all major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading research and development and technology, sizeable captive supplies of raw materials, and outstanding distribution networks.


The company’s core philosophy is to produce safe, sustainable steel. In so doing, ArcelorMittal’s top priority is safety, and its goal is to be the world’s safest steel and mining company. As a company, ArcelorMittal is committed to its promise of ‘transforming tomorrow’. Guiding the company in this are its values of sustainability, quality and leadership. 



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