Sponsor: Dow Chemical COmpnay (DOW)
Dates: 07/2010 - 06/2013
At present, buildings are the biggest contributors to the total energy consumption in the world, so there is a need for better building products to curb this trend. Building systems are non-linear systems with a large number of components. Due to the non-linearity of the building systems and system components, it is important to optimize building energy performance as an integrated system rather than individual components, such as building enclosure materials and building mechanical systems. The main objective of this research is to develop an integrated framework to optimize performance of building enclosure and mechanical systems with the consideration of life cycle cost of building systems. The framework consists of two main sections: the life cycle cost assessment section and the building systems optimization section.