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The two examples introduced here were the two sides of energy-efficient design arguments. In Energy-efficient skyscrapers, sustainability means to reduce the energy loads by integrated passive systems of heating and cooling in addition to the mixedmode mechanical systems as the backup plan. However, as observed in the One Bryant Park, the common principle has not been followed and instead the building was invested in the building systems to generate the loads that were created by the design.
Sustainable high-rise buildings can operate at optimum efficiency and reduce their environmental impact. The key is the importance of constantly exploring how to improve the operation of the building to achieve high efficiency. The resources such as sunlight and rainwater harvesting can be deployed as means of reduction in resources.
Acknowledgement I would like to thank my graduate research assistant, Maryam Keramati who was instrumental in execution of this project. I would like to recognize her drawings in all the diagrams and her analysis in this chapter. I also would like to acknowledge my undergraduate assistant, Victoria Pike for drawing the first two diagrams in this chapter. I am grateful for the support provided by the school of architecture at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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