Adrian Smith summarized the plan for the attendees of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2009 Conference last fall. The event, dubbed “Evolution of the Skyscraper: New Challenges in a World of Global Warming and Recession,” was the perfect place to exhibit the firm’s proposal. They also proved that it could be put in action by showing plans for the green retrofit for Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).
AS+GG has also included a full analysis of the funding resources available to help developers and existing building owners defray the cost of green retrofits and other sustainable measures. In addition, they created a parametric model to be used to calculating carbon savings achieved by various changes they are suggesting.
There is reason to believe that the City of Chicago is open to implementing these greening suggestions. “AS+GG’s DeCarbonization Plan is a creative and data-laden effort that can serve as a compelling and game-changing tool,” said Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Environment. “By envisioning the potential energy savings, waste handling options and redevelopment options in a framework that also considers greenhouse gas emissions reduction, the plan demonstrates both the economic and environmental values of managing large-scale properties.”