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Low carbon building performance in the construction industry: A multi-method approach of project management operations and building energy use applied in a UK public office building

Papachristos, G; Jain, N; Burman, E; Zimmermann, N; Mumovic, D; Davies, M; Edkins, A; (2020) Low carbon building performance in the construction industry: A multi-method approach of project management operations and building energy use applied in a UK public office building. Energy and Buildings , 206 , Article 109609. 10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109609. (In press).

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Abstract

The “performance gap” in the United Kingdom construction industry is a persistent problem as new building development projects underperform more often than not. The “performance gap” is partially attributed to the number of stages involved in building project development and the coordination difficulties of partners with different incentives. The project outcome is important for energy consumption, carbon emissions and occupant well-being. Thus, it is important to study the project management process in terms of the standard time, cost and quality parameters, but also in terms of project partner incentives and coordination, and the subsequent energy performance and resultant indoor environmental conditions. A system dynamics model of project management processes is developed to explore the implications of partner coordination for building quality. The system dynamics model is coupled to a building performance simulation model to explore building energy consumption and Indoor Environmental Quality, and apply this on a recent building project case study. Results show that greater project partner alignment can reduce annual energy consumption up to 12% and CO2 emissions up to 37%, with greater emphasis in the design stage of the project subject to resource availability. The trade-offs involved on value appropriation are considered and discussion of results points to possible ways for improvement.

Type: Article
Title: Low carbon building performance in the construction industry: A multi-method approach of project management operations and building energy use applied in a UK public office building
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109609
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109609
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: energy consumption, simulation, low carbon, building performance, system dynamics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett Sch of Const and Proj Mgt
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett Real Estate Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088068
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