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Low carbon building performance in the construction industry: A multi-method approach of system dynamics and building performance modelling

Papachristos, G; Jain, N; Burman, E; Zimmermann, N; Wu, X; Pei, L; Mumovic, D; ... Edkins, A; + view all (2020) Low carbon building performance in the construction industry: A multi-method approach of system dynamics and building performance modelling. Construction Management and Economics , 38 (9) pp. 856-876. 10.1080/01446193.2020.1748212.

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Abstract

The construction industry contributes significantly to energy consumption and carbon emissions. Moreover, people spend more time inside buildings, so their health is increasingly influenced by indoor environmental conditions. When considered through these lenses, the concept of total building performance can span energy consumption, the associated CO2 emissions, and indoor environmental quality (IEQ). At the individual project level, building underperformance with respect to energy and IEQ is frequent, and the ex post performance gap is partially attributed to the construction project management and operations phase of the building lifecycle. This underperformance motivates the research of this paper into the construction process outcomes in terms of energy performance and IEQ, and ways to reduce the performance gap. The paper develops a multi-methodology framework to analyse the effect of building development project process on energy performance and IEQ from an operations management perspective. The framework couples system dynamics modelling of construction project management to building performance modelling. The paper details the way they are coupled, the application steps and data requirements, so that they can be applied on a case by case basis. The aim is to combine operations management to building performance disciplines and deliver insights for industry practitioners and policy makers.

Type: Article
Title: Low carbon building performance in the construction industry: A multi-method approach of system dynamics and building performance modelling
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2020.1748212
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2020.1748212
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: Project management, low-zero carbon, simulation, building performance, system dynamics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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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
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094542
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