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Buildings' Sustainability Analysis

Title: Buildings' Sustainability Analysis: Analytical Hierarchy Process to Analyze Cost, Leed Credits, and Carbon Neutrality Utilizing a Building Information Modeling Platform.
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Name(s): Doczy, Ryan, author
AbdelRazig, Yassir A., professor directing thesis
Sobanjo, John O., committee member
Spainhour, Lisa, committee member
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: For building owners, there are several factors that they must consider when thinking about whether or not a building has achieved the goals set up for it. With increases in energy prices, knowledge about the damage being done to our atmosphere by humanity, and an increased drive towards environmental stewardship, sustainability has become more and more of a priority for building owners. A problem that building owners face when designing a building is trying to create a proper balance between reducing immediate costs and increasing the "greenness" of a building. The construction industry's technological breakthroughs and growing experience constructing green buildings is causing even those without sustainable inclinations to have to consider the possibility of going green due to the perceived benefits. Owners now have to consider that while sustainable construction drives up the upfront costs of costs of buildings, it also reduces long term costs (e.g. utility bills) while also increasing potential benefits associated with building green (e.g. increasing worker productivity). Due to the implications that these decisions will have on the owner and the building's occupants, the owner needs to have a tool to be able to assist them in determining what building design alternatives are helping the owner achieve his or her goals. The objectives of this research consist of the following (1) develop a decision making tool that is a hybrid of the analytical hierarchy process and the multiple attribute utility theorem; (2) design the decision making tool to take user inputs and determine how close a project came to meeting its goals; (3) set up the model to allow the user to be able to compare alternatives and chose the one that best meets the cost, LEED, and net-zero/carbon neutral goals
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8767 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 7, 2014.
Keywords: Analytical Hierarchy Process, Carbon Neutrality, Leed, Multiple Attribute Utility Theorem, Net-Zero, Sustainability
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Yassir A. AbdelRazig, Professor Directing Thesis; John O. Sobanjo, Committee Member; Lisa Spainhour, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Civil engineering
Environmental engineering
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-8767
Owner Institution: FSU

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Doczy, R. (2014). Buildings' Sustainability Analysis: Analytical Hierarchy Process to Analyze Cost, Leed Credits, and Carbon Neutrality Utilizing a Building Information Modeling Platform. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-8767