Buildings Research Briefs

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Research Brief: Meeting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets in the Buildings Sector
July 4, 2019

The buildings sector is one of the highest emitting sectors of the global economy, consuming 40% of global energy demand. To lower the sector's emissions, CSHub researchers have sought to reduce...

MIT News: An Atomic-scale Erector Set
July 3, 2019

In an article in MIT News, CSHub researcher Kostas Keremidis describes his work simulating disaster induced building damage. His approach borrows techniques from material science to model a...

International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology 2019
June 27, 2019

From June 25–28, CSHub researchers attended the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology 2019 in Portland, Oregon. In a session chaired by...

Embodied Carbon in Buildings Conference
June 4, 2019

On May 31, CSHub Executive Director Jeremy Gregory spoke at the Embodied Carbon in Buildings Conference which was co-...

Topic Summary: Urban Heat Islands
June 3, 2019

The urban heat island (UHI) effect is the phenomenon by which cities experience higher temperatures than their less urban surroundings. It poses a public health risk by increasing the frequency of...

Research Brief: Generating Building-specific Fragility Curves
May 17, 2019

Fragility curves are a statistical tool that represents a building’s likelihood of damage under a range of load levels—like those from natural hazards. Traditionally, they have been generated...

Research Brief: Validation of Molecular Dynamics-Based Structural Damage Models
March 29, 2019

Windstorms currently generate $28 billion in average annual damage and this figure is projected to rise. To mitigate wind-related hazard damage, CSHub researchers have proposed a new way to...

Topic Summary: Urban Energy Consumption
March 18, 2019

By utilizing gas bills, building footprints, and physical simulations, CSHub researchers have developed a more scalable understanding of building energy saving potential that can readily inform...

Research Brief: Creating Customized Fragility Curves for Resilient Building
November 13, 2018

Fragility curves measure the probability of exceeding a certain level of structural damage due to various forces applied to a building. While vital to resilient construction, they are often too...

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...