How are Skyscrapers Being Re-Imagined in Order to Become More Sustainable Structures?
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How are Skyscrapers Being Re-Imagined in Order to Become More Sustainable Structures?

THE PLAN JOURNAL SPRING 2022 OPEN ISSUE

How are Skyscrapers Being Re-Imagined in Order to Become More Sustainable Structures?
By Editorial Staff -

We present ways in which skyscrapers can utilize sustainable construction.

In the article entitled “Solar Technology Integration on Building Façades,” estimated the “amount of solar energy that can be harnessed from PV panels installed on the roof and eight different configurations of PV integrated on the south façade of a 30 story building in New York” … and its “energy self-sufficiency was analyzed.” The author Jong-Jin Kim determined that “with the current level of energy consumption and PV efficiency, building integrated PV systems can meet about 6.8 % of the tall building’s energy self-sustainability and 11.2 % electricity self-sustainability.” 

Finally, we share information about the book Supertall: How the World’s Tallest Buildings Are Reshaping Our Cities and Our Lives (2022).

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Solar Technology

In “Solar Technology Integration on Building Façades,” the author Jong-Jin Kim explains that:

“…it is clear that, to move toward energy autonomy, energy consumption of skyscrapers must be drastically curtailed. A substantial reduction of the current level of energy consumption is prerequisite for the enhanced energy autonomy of skyscrapers.” 

New York Times Building. Photo credit for digital image: wikipedia.org. New York Times Building. Photo credit for digital image: wikipedia.org.

 

Kim concludes:

“To be realistic, attaining zero-energy or near zero-energy skyscrapers will remain to be a dream. Skyscrapers must be designed with high efficiency building skins, lighting, HVAC systems, office appliances that collectively contribute to their energy efficiency. In addition, new imaginations on the façade design and engineering are essential for moving toward high efficiency skyscrapers.”

>> The abstract is available in THE PLAN Journal vol. 7/2022, no. 1 (in English)

 

Super Tall

The book, Supertall: How the World’s Tallest Buildings Are Reshaping Our Cities and Our Lives (2022) written by Stefan Al looks at skyscrapers in Hong Kong, London, New York, and Singapore. Al explores the recent innovations in sustainable construction of skyscrapers and how these practices have the potential of creating an improved future urban environment.

Supertall: How the World’s Tallest Buildings Are Reshaping Our Cities and Our Lives

320 pages
English
W. W. Norton & Company
April 12, 2022 
6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 in.
ISBN-10: 1324006412
ISBN-13: 978-1324006411

To learn more, check out: Supertall: How the World’s Tallest Buildings Are Reshaping Our Cities and Our Lives

 

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