Scott Duncan

Scott Duncan

Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Yue Zhu

Yue Zhu

Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
“High Performance Design and Energy Harvesting in Tall Buildings”
Dingwen Li

Dingwen Li

Chief Engineer, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd
“The Utilization of Water Source Heat Pump Techniques Combined with Distributed Energy Systems”
Ian Milne

Ian Milne

Senior Design Director, Atkins
“Bahrain World Trade Center: Harnessing Wind Energy – a post-occupancy evaluation”
The potential for tall buildings to harness on-site renewable energy is significant, partly as a product of their height – whether through solar arrays, wind turbines, geothermal piles, co-generation, or other systems. Yet the incorporation of these technologies also present challenges, and the potential energy benefits hoped for when these technologies first began to be proposed a decade or two before, have not been fully realized. Originally envisaged as the world’s first “carbon neutral” tower, there is perhaps no other tall building in existence that has sought to experiment with the embrace of renewable energy and other sustainable technologies like our venue for this program – the Pearl River Tower. Taking place in the Pearl River Tower convention center, the program embraced a full tour of this special skyscraper and its technologies, forming a fantastic backdrop to a frank and open discussion about the embrace of sustainable technologies in the skyscrapers of the future.

Venue: Pearl River Tower
100 Delegates

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Wednesday 19 October, Schedule, Guangzhou

8:30 am Arrival & Coffee
8:55 am Welcome from Program Host
9:00 am “High Performance Design Shapes Sustainable Super-tall Building”
9:20 am “The Utilization of Water Source Heat Pump Technique Combined with Distributed Energy Systems”
9:40 am “Bahrain World Trade Center: Harnessing Wind Energy – A Post-occupancy Evaluation”
10:00 am Q&A
10:15 am Coffee Break
10:45 am Tour of Pearl River Tower
12:00 pm Delegates depart for lunch and afternoon program at Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

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About This Program Location

Pearl River Tower

About Pearl River Tower

Using some of the most sophisticated technologies currently available, the designers of Pearl River Tower created a highly integrated structure that derives its efficiencies by applying previously tested solutions in a combination never before accomplished at such at large scale. It was important to both the client and the design team that a holistic approach be used, so as to avoid an array of solutions that might be conceptually compelling, but would not survive the rigors of design development and future value-engineering exercises. This demanded a design approach that was not form-driven, but performance-based, with all systems having a degree of interdependency.

Thus, the building has been carefully shaped to use natural forces to maximize its energy efficiency. The tower’s… Read More

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