WHY ZERO CARBON?

Imagine standing on a road, watching a truck barrel towards you, and doing nothing. This is our situation as architects working within a building industry that causes 39% of global CO2 emissions. The UN recently estimated we have only 12 years left to take action before environmental damage becomes catastrophic and irreversible.

The crisis is compounded by an alarming influx of 2 billion migrants to cities worldwide in the next 20 years, entailing the construction of 5-10 million new towers. It is urgent we prepare now.

Based on our research under Net-Zero Tower (NZT), we are developing Digital Blue Foam (DBF), which will aid architects and developers in adopting sustainable materials and design strategies.

 
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2 billion people are moving to cities, In the next 20 years.

We need to build greener faster.

 
 

TIMBER vs CONCRETE

Environmental impact comparison of the concrete and timber design alternatives
 

Environmental Impact Comparison

Timber poses a significantly lower impact on the environment as compared to concrete, as shown in chart (left) - the normalized percentage values suggest that timber performs better than wood in majority of the criteria.

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“To meet the demand for more building stock, architects and builders should consider using wood, because it is a renewable resource that can perform at skyscraper scale.”
— Tsay Jacobs, Perkins + Will
 
 

WHO ARE WE?

We are a team of architects, engineers, researchers, and software developers working in both architectural practice and academia. Our goal is to develop a digital data platform that will foster a radical transformation of the building industry towards carbon-neutral hi-rises. These data-driven techniques will inform a new generation of sustainable living and working.

 
 

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“There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance”
— R. Buckminster Fuller

WHAT DO WE DO?

We are attacking this problem in two ways: First, Net Zero Tower (NZT), a collaboration with the Singapore University of Technology and Design which integrates academic research, new technology and material innovation by reconsidering not only the materials but the entire hi-rise life-cycle. Secondly, Digital Blue Foam (DBF), a web-based platform based on NZT that enables architects to develop sophisticated sustainable designs from the very outset of a project.


HOW?

 

Timber Architecture

We develop new develop new timber details and assemblies that can be incorperated in hirise architecture. life cycle, embodied energy, sequestration, co2, production,material strength (CLT), weight, joinery, prefabrication,fire, low chemicals, aesthetic, insulatio

 

Generative Design

We develop custom software which incorporates innovations in 3D modelling, machine learning and cloud-based computing. Using these innovations, we can instantly explore different options that are optimized for the local context to minimize C02 emissions.

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SOLUTIONS

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NET ZERO tower (NZT)

Net Zero Tower (NZT) is a collaboration with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) which integrates academic research, new technology and material innovation by reconsidering not only the materials but the entire hi-rise life-cycle

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DIGITAL BLUE FOAM (dbf)

Digital Blue Foam (DBF), a web-based platform based on NZT that enables architects to develop sophisticated sustainable designs from the very outset of a project, leading to a truly blue outcome

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