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Philip Oldfield
Lecturer in Architecture, University of Nottingham, UK / CTBUH Research Coordinator
“The Carbon Impact of Tall: Embodied Energy in High Rise”

Much of the current emphasis on the sustainable design of tall buildings is focused on reducing their day-to-day operating energy, with little consideration given to the energy/carbon expended through the buildings’ materials and components and construction and maintenance over its full lifetime. This presentation establishes the importance of embodied energy / carbon in tall buildings, presenting a number of design strategies that can assist in reducing this aspect of a tall building’s ecological footprint.

Philip Oldfield received his Bachelor of Architecture degree and Diploma in Architecture from the University of Nottingham, England, obtaining First Class honours at undergraduate level and a Distinction for his Diploma portfolio. Currently he is studying a PhD in tall buildings entitled “Towards Carbon Neutral”, sponsored by Ove Arup Ltd. The aim of this research is to design a hypothetical, carbon neutral tall building through the incorporation of relevant design strategies, material choices, environmental technologies and energy generation techniques. The operational and embodied carbon performance of this design will then be modelled against a ‘benchmark’ building of the same size, function and location.

Philip is a member of the Tall Buildings Teaching and Research Group (www.tallbuildingstarg.com) and has taught high-rise design studio projects at both the University of Nottingham and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, where he is currently on secondment as part of his PhD studies. In conjunction with this, Philip is also Research Coordinator for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.


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