Multi-objective green design model to mitigate environmental impact of construction of mega columns for super-tall buildings

Jewoo Choi, Min Gyu Lee, Hyung Seok Oh, Sang Geun Bae, Jung Hwan An, Da Yo Yun, Hyo Seon Park

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The mega columns used in super-tall buildings are several meters in size; thus, a greater quantity of construction materials are required than for a general column. Considering the environmental impact, research on a green design model for super-tall buildings is necessary. This design model should minimize both CO 2 emissions and cost in the mega-column construction and design phases with consideration of the member or building size. In this regard, a multi-objective green design model (MOGDM) capable of minimizing construction cost and reducing CO 2 emissions is proposed in this study. The MOGDM is applied to the design of mega columns for a super-tall building and its performance is evaluated based on the average environmental impact reduction rate (AER) and the average increase-in-cost reduction rate (AICR); these indexes are developed to assess the CO 2 emission and construction cost reduction capability. Under the loading scenarios considered in this study, the average AER and AICR for the MOGDM output are 6.76% and 58.02%, respectively. Thus, the evaluation results confirm that the MOGDM proposed in this study can effectively reduce CO 2 emissions and cost in the design and construction phases of mega columns for super-tall buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-591
Number of pages12
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), grant funded by the Korean Government Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) [grant numbers 2011-0018360 and 2018R1A5A1025137 ].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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