Buildings Research Briefs

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Chart from a CSHub brief detailing Streamlined Embodied LCA of Residential Buildings
Research Brief: Streamlined Embodied LCA of Residential Buildings
June 15, 2015

Traditional life-cycle assessment (LCA) is time, resource, and data intensive. For complex systems like residential buildings, these demands can mean that assessments are carried out after...

Report: The Decision-Making Process in the Design of Residential Structures
May 3, 2015

To improve energy efficiency, it is important to evaluate the impact of design decisions in residential buildings through all phases. CSHub researchers are developing models and tools to aid in...

Chart comparing the portion of life-cycle costs attributed to various factors.
Research Brief: Value of Building Life-Cycle Cost Analysis
May 1, 2015

Comparing residential projects in New Orleans and San Francisco, this brief demonstrates a life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) approach that includes construction, energy consumption, and hazard-...

Streamlining residential building energy models
Research Brief: Streamlining Residential Building Energy Models
January 20, 2015

The CSHub is streamlining life-cycle assessment (LCA) tools for residential buildings in order to make the use of those tools easier and more widespread during the design process. Part of an LCA...

Urban physics
LCA Research Brief: Urban Physics: City Texture Matters
October 21, 2014

Cities contribute over 70% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. They also intensify air and surface temperatures when compared to their rural surroundings. This effect, known as urban heat...

Hazard life-cycle cost pie chart
LCA Research Brief: Quantifying Hazard Life-Cycle Cost
August 18, 2014

This research links together probabilistic hazard modeling and damage cost estimation to quantify the lifetime cost of repair of residential buildings due to earthquake and hurricane hazard. It...

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...