As the world adapts to dual trends of climate change and urbanization, tall office buildings in hot and humid climate zones near the equator are among the prime candidates for a significant change in design approach. Though many individualized improvements to operating systems, envelopes and material selections have been introduced in recent years, it is generally agreed a holistic approach is needed to truly capitalize on the smaller-scale innovations. With a focus on reducing the necessary size of the services plenum, in this paper, an alternative paradigm for the optimization of space, material, and energy use in buildings is presented: A holistic integration of all building systems - structural, mechanical, and electrical - across a building's entire lifecycle, from early-stage design to construction and operation.
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|Published - 2016
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Building and Construction
- Urban Studies