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...

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...

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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...