Held on 16 to 20 October, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) International Conference will bring together over 1000 international delegates to be part of the conversation and the solution around Humanizing High Density - People, Nature & the Urban Realm.

The conference will explore the fundamental premise that "high-density urbanisation can support healthy living, working, and civic and social engagement". It will investigate the issues of liveability in future cities and explore solutions for factors including equity in housing, mitigating the effects of climate change, creating better social spaces, and striking a balance for local environmental and cultural considerations.

This year, the annual CTBUH Awards Program, which recognises extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment across more than 20 categories, will be integrated into the Conference. Winners in each award category will present their projects to an international audience and live juries. Overall Category Winners are then selected during the event, with awards conferred at the conference dinner and ceremony.

Beca is making three presentations at the CTBUH 2023 International Conference, is receiving two engineering Awards of Excellence for related projects, and will be sending nine delegates to attend the week-long conference in Singapore.

Beca presenters will be covering the following:

CapitaSpring: Engineering a park in the sky – HVAC strategies to accommodate green spaces

CapitaSpring is the talk of Singapore with more than 8,000m2 of lush green outdoor space. In his presentation, Darren Burrows, Senior Associate Director, will explain how the mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) plant, typically located on the outside of buildings, was concealed within it. He will also demonstrate how outdoor spaces can be made comfortable, even in a tropical climate, through good passive ventilation design supplemented with strategically located fans.

The project is receiving a CTBUH Systems Award of Excellence for this innovative HVAC engineering design. The building is also receiving a CTBUH Award of Excellence for Best Tall Building (200m-299m).  

8 Willis St: From 80s to A Grade – A paradigm shift in earthquake engineering

This building in central Wellington, New Zealand is proof that older structures can be retrofitted to market leading seismic resilience. Beca’s breakthrough in advanced structural design allowed an ambitious architectural remodel to be undertaken, transforming the building’s commercial prospects. In his presentation, Arun Manjavu-Puthanpurayil, Technical Director, will take the audience through the design of the building’s structure, the use of viscous dampers and the resultant building improvements, outperforming traditional base isolation techniques. The seismic resilience techniques adopted are ground-breaking, perform to life safety requirements, gives developers confidence to invest in refurbishing older buildings, which delivers sustainability benefits, and can be applied in any earthquake prone location globally.  
The project is receiving a CTBUH Structure Award of Excellence.  

Building data analytics is our most powerful environmental sustainability tool 

As we strive to improve the energy efficiency of our building stock, to counter climate change and dwindling fossil fuel reserves, advances in building data analytics are showing it can be one of our best tools in this endeavour. In his presentation, Stephen Perkins, Senior Technical Director, will compare the performance of two buildings over a multi-year period, before and after data analytics systems were fitted. He also demystifies how these systems work and how building design should include digital building controls to enable data analytics. 
For more information on the CTBUH International Conference, and to see the full programme, visit: https://ctbuhconference.com


See also October 2023