ArcelorMittal is proud to sponsor Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as it marks its 50th anniversary at the 10th World Congress, “50 Forward | 50 Back”.

Additionally, company representatives have co-authored a CTBUH research paper titled: Steel and Skyscrapers: A Productive History and a Sustainable Future; and during the event will contribute presentations on Steel and Skyscrapers: A Partnership Through Time and The Sustainability of Steel; as well as moderating a panel discussion about High-Rise Design Drivers: Now to 2069.

The CTBUH is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities. As a member of this association, ArcelorMittal has a major role in influencing steel’s contribution to the urban environment and is at the forefront of discussions regarding design codes and standards for tall building construction.

ArcelorMittal, as the first producer of wide-flange rolled shapes such as “H” and “I” beams, has helped to make steel accessible, affordable and durable. Such advances in steelmaking technologies have made tall buildings’ structural skeletons more efficient and have simplified the fabrication and construction processes necessary to build iconic buildings around the world. In doing so, the company (and its legacy businesses) have established a longstanding relationship with the construction industry.

The fact that the built environment is responsible for 39% of global energy-related CO2 emissions and more than 35% of global final energy use, it is not lost on us. ArcelorMittal’s sustainable development outcomes are influenced by the way we make steel and use resources, as well as the way our products are used.

So, in addition to our commitment to lowering our carbon footprint by 2050, ArcelorMittal works with CTBUH to measure the sustainability impact of steel and to equip tall building designers with research on materials, design methodologies and construction typologies that can lower the environmental impact of building projects. Recent studies include: Whole Life Cycle Assessment of the Sustainable Aspects of Structural Systems in Tall Buildings; Composite Megacolumns design methodology; and research focused on creating industry-accepted criteria for measuring tall building floor area. In-depth exploration of these studies, and a case study demonstrating how ArcelorMittal’s steelmaking advancements have directly influenced sustainable outcomes, are summarised in the previously mentioned CTBUH research paper and will also be addressed in our World Congress presentations.

The promotion and dissemination of these studies – in parallel with continuous improvements in our production practices – demonstrate ArcelorMittal’s commitment to supporting the design and construction industry as it strives to address the unintended consequences of using fossil fuels and to achieve sustainable development now and in the future.