Sustainable Built Environments

2013 Edition
| Editors: Vivian Loftness, Dagmar Haase

Sustainability Performance Simulation Tools for Building Design

  • Khee Poh Lam
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Sustainable building , also commonly known as high-performance or green building , is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction [1]. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Historically, there have been many well-established theoretical frameworks that relate building design with its environmental as well as human occupant performance within those buildings [2, 3, 4, 5]. Design decision support tools, both physical and computational, have invariably been developed in accordance with the needs of these respective design processes and, in some instances, directly linked to meeting various building code and standard requirements. Therefore, such tools must be understood and appreciated in the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Building Performance and DiagnosticsSchool of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA