Buildings Research Briefs

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Streamlined energy modeling of residential buildings
LCA Research Brief: Streamlined Energy Modeling of Residential Buildings
June 9, 2014

The Attribute to Activity Model allows the efficient estimation of use-phase energy consumption based on early design parameters. Rather than requiring a fully developed building design and...

Thermal mass map of U.S.
Mapping Thermal Mass Benefit
September 10, 2013

Identifying strategies to ensure energy efficiency in buildings has become a key focus of the building industry. Thermal mass strategies take advantage of the energy storage characteristics of...

LCA Research Brief: Hazard Mitigation Assessment Methodologies
August 16, 2013

The intent of our research is to provide a quantitative methodology for integrating hazard resistance as a metric into cost-benefit analyses of residential structures....

LCA Research Brief: Views on LCA from Buildings Experts
July 1, 2013

A consistent set of robust, clear sustainability performance metrics with associated payback periods need to be available to designers early on in the design to influence truly environmentally...

Life Cycle Assessment for Residential Buildings: A Literature Review and Gap Analysis
March 12, 2013

What is the environmental impact of a house throughout its lifetime? This report summarizes recent research on life cycle assessment of residential buildings in order to identify gaps in...

LCA Research Brief: Quantitative Assesment of Resilience in Residential Building Envelope Systems
March 1, 2013

The intent of our research is to help designers and builders quantify the physical resilience of residential structures as a portion of the overall systems concept of resilience. Comparing this...

LCA Research Brief: Survey of LCA Tools for Residential Buildings
January 1, 2013

Through surveys, focus groups, and exploration of existing tools we are identifying the most effective ways to integrate environmental performance metrics into the design and decision making...

LCA Research Brief: The State of LCA for Residential Buildings
December 1, 2012

In order for LCA to be scaled to fit the building sector, a method is needed to calculate life cycle impacts under diverse conditions, while fully accounting for uncertainty. Policymakers,...

LCA Research Brief: Optimizing Passive Thermal Mass
August 1, 2012

The research aims to identify relationships that optimize passive thermal mass performance while maximizing energy efficiency. These have implications on the design of wall and floor systems, from...

LCA Research Brief: Quantifying Passive Thermal Mass
May 1, 2012

This research aims at identifying strategies for using concrete construction systems in homes to maximize energy efficiency. It has implications for how asnd where different wall systems are used...