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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 37
INFORMATION PROCESSING IN CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING DESIGN
Edited by: B. Kumar
Paper VI.1

Towards Computational Eco-Analysis of Building Designs

A. Mahdavi and R. Ries

Department of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, United States of America

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
A. Mahdavi, R. Ries, "Towards Computational Eco-Analysis of Building Designs", in B. Kumar, (Editor), "Information Processing in Civil and Structural Engineering Design", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 141-150, 1996. doi:10.4203/ccp.37.6.1
Abstract
This paper argues that: a) construction and operation of buildings is internationally a major cause of resource depletion and environmental pollution, b) traditional criteria of construction cost and energy use estimation are insufficient in view of a comprehensive environmental impact analysis of buildings, c LCA (life-cycle analysis), "eco-bookkeeping", and "eco-balance" approaches could be advantageously utilized in concurrence with more traditional engineering, cost estimation, and energy simulation to obtain a broader building design evaluation scheme, d) appropriate IT-based computational tools could facilitate environmentally informed, integrative decision- making throughout the building design, construction, operation, and decommissioning phases. Toward this end, this paper specifically introduces the prototypical realization of a computational tool for the integration of environmental impact modeling approaches within an object-oriented space-based CAD environment.

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