Buildings Research Briefs

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Image of a model office building from CSHub Research Brief: A Resilience Assessment of Structures Using Molecular Dynamics
Research Brief: Resilience Assessment of Structures Using Molecular Dynamics
June 20, 2018

Windstorms are responsible for approximately $28 billion in damages each year in the United States, with a potential rise to $38 billion by 2075. Traditional structural mechanics approaches...

Chart from CSHub research brief
Research Brief: Concrete building design optimization for reduced life-cycle impacts
April 2, 2018

Decisions made in the early stages of the building design process can have a significant influence on the environmental performance and financial costs of a building. One of the best ways to...

Research Brief: Impact of code evolution on building energy performance
March 14, 2018

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) standardizes expectations for the design and construction of buildings with regards to lifetime energy use and conservation. With each new release...

A chart illustrating wind loads on buildings in an urban environment
Research Brief: Prioritizing Resilient Retrofits
February 7, 2018

In areas prone to damage from extreme weather-related events like hurricanes, retrofitting or rebuilding existing infrastructure to be more resilient reduces the risk of future damage. While it is...

A modeling image depicts surface temperatures around Penn Plaza in New York City.
Research Brief: Geospatial data enables the accurate prediction of radiative heat transfer
November 29, 2017

The dynamics of an urban energy budget, especially the thermal exchange between densely built infrastructure and the surrounding environment, are not well understood. CSHub researchers have...

Chart from Air Leakage Influential in Building Life Cycle Impacts, CSHub Research Brief
Research Brief: Air leakage has strong influence on building life cycle impacts
May 2, 2017

Making informed decisions at the earliest stages of the design process can lead to improved building performance. There are many aspects of a building’s design that can influence overall energy...

Graph from CSHub research brief, "Planning more resilient cities"
Research Brief: Planning more resilient cities
March 28, 2017

The International Code Council (ICC)'s structural design codes are specific to building type and geographical region -- an approach which works well in rural environments but not in urban areas...

Image from Concrete Sustainability Hub research brief, quantifying the impact of pavement reflectivity.
Research Brief: Quantifying the impact of pavement reflectivity
March 13, 2017

The change in radiative energy balance, which is called radiative forcing (RF), reduces nearby air temperatures and impacts the surrounding building energy demand (BED) including heating and...

A precast concrete wall section is lifted into place.
Report: Comparing Whole Building & Building Product Environmental Performance
October 17, 2016

Within the buildings sector, the emergence of guides, standards, product category rules, and environmental product declarations designed to evaluate environmental impacts have moved the field...

Chart shows percentage of life cycle energy in Use Phase vs Life Time (years)
Revised Report: LCA for Residential Buildings: Literature Review & Gap Analysis
October 12, 2016

What is the environmental impact of a house throughout its lifetime? This revised report (October 2016) summarizes research on life cycle assessment (LCA) of residential buildings in order to...