Innovation Award – Award of Excellence: Hi-Res CFD for Wind Loading of Tall Buildings

Nick Wirth
Wirth Research, Oxford

Rob Rowsell
Engineering Manager
Wirth Research, Oxford

The Sustainability Demands for High Rise Buildings of the Future

Whether High-Rise Buildings are sustainable is one which is debated frequently.

Over the last 50 years the number of high-rise buildings completed each year has risen to a projected number of 160 in 2018. The trend is clear, the high-rise agenda is here to stay and will play a major part in achieving global sustainability agendas in the next 50 years.

This presentation looks at what the future of High-Rise Sustainability design might look like in future and how sustainability design might have to adapt to suit our ever changing society needs and climate challenges.

In more recent years with the advancement in technology, sustainable high-rise buildings have become more of a focus. As more buildings over 200m are built, as an industry we must challenge ourselves to make high rise more sustainable and part of the solution to the resource and climate crisis, rather than an issue.

As we build taller and more complicated building the engineering demands on systems increase. The result is embodied, and operating energy of buildings will be higher, so as a result sustainability needs to be at the forefront and considered holistically both in design, construction and in operation, with a focus given by all parties to achieve the sustainability aspirations.

SMART technologies will play a huge part in this and taking advantage of the latest and future technologies through sensors integrated in Building Management Systems that allow the building to adapt and optimize for improved energy efficiency, use, climate change, circular economy will be key.

Both working practises and future technologies will play a huge part in the success of sustainable high rise in the next 50 years.

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