As the continent containing the most skyscrapers above 150 meters, each new high-rise in Asia must compete within a landscape of tall, supertall and megatall buildings – each of which demands more efficient performance benchmarks than the last.
At one point in the 20th century, modern skyscrapers were impossible, because power systems on the ground could only efficiently reach 30-40 stories high. Today, transformers rest at numerous points vertically in skyscrapers throughout the world, configured as stacked 30-40 story high-rises to form segmented tall buildings as vertical cities.
The news is out that 151 North Franklin in Chicago, developed by The John Buck Company, became the first high-rise building in the United States to earn the WELL v1 Core & Shell Gold certification. But how did it happen?
Every building needs mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. But with a massive project like the Jeddah Tower, slated to be the world’s tallest building, the planning and installation of these systems is a gargantuan undertaking.
Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia is designed to be the world’s tallest building. ESD’s High Performance Building Team and Technology Services Group has been involved in the project, providing integrated consulting engineering services for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, teledata, audio/visual, security and acoustics systems.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) technical guides – featuring glossy pages with colorful graphics – are avidly read by those in the tall-building industry. And the next one is starting to take shape.