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The new ASHRAE Design Guide for Tall, Supertall, and Megatall Building Systems features contributions from Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, and Stephen Ray, SOM Mechanical Engineering Professional. While chairing an ASHRAE committee on tall buildings, Leung “masterminded the revision and production” of the book, according to its author, Peter Simmonds.

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On Saturday, October 3, 2015, SOM’s Luke Leung, Director of Sustainable Engineering, will participate in a roundtable discussion at Chicago’s IIT College of Architecture. Taking place during the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the discussion will revolve around Chicago’s leadership in tall building expertise.

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Last fall the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conducted the symposium Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. As part of the Shanghai event, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering Luke Leung spoke with special media correspondent Chris Bentley on camera about skyscrapers’ performance benefits for humans and the environment. The duo also took the pulse of sustainable design more generally.

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The New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection recently invited SOM and other leaders from the design, environmental, and business spheres to give expert testimonials at a special hearing on site-sourced and stored renewable energy. The committee sought SOM’s expertise on how a net-zero supertall could potentially be replicated in New York City.

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On October 22 and 23, 2014, two sustainable engineering experts from SOM will speak at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Held this year in New Orleans, Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building symposium, bringing together workshops, industry showcases, and renowned speakers that represent the most innovative ideas driving sustainable design.

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