Low Carbon Building Performance in the Construction Industry: A Multi-Method Approach of Project Management Operations and Building Energy Use Applied in a UK Public Office Building

Papachristos, G., Jain, J., Burman, E., Zimmerman, N., Mumovic, D., Davies, M. 2020. Low carbon building performance: A multi-method approach of project management operations and building energy use applied in a UK public office building. Energy and Buildings

DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.1

Posted: 19 Jun 2020

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George Papachristos

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences

Nishesh Jain

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Esfand Burman

IEDE

Nici Zimmermann

IEDE

Dejan Mumovic

IEDE

Michael Davies

IEDE

Andrew Edkins

Bartlett

Date Written: january 25, 2020

Abstract

The “performance gap” in the United Kingdom construction industry is a persistent problem as new building development projects under-perform more often than not. The “performance gap” is partially attributed to the number of stages involved in building project development and the coordination difficulties of partners with different incentives. The project outcome is important for energy consumption, carbon emissions and occupant well-being. Thus, it is important to study the project management process in terms of the standard time, cost and quality parameters, but also in terms of project partner incentives and coordination, and the subsequent energy performance and resultant indoor environmental conditions. A system dynamics model of project management processes is developed to explore the implications of partner coordination for building quality. The system dynamics model is coupled to a building performance simulation model to explore building energy consumption and Indoor Environmental Quality, and apply this on a recent building project case study. Results show that greater project partner alignment can reduce annual energy consumption up to 12% and CO2 emissions up to 37%, with greater emphasis in the design stage of the project subject to resource availability. The trade-offs involved on value appropriation are considered and discussion of results points to possible ways for improvement.

Keywords: Energy Consumption, Simulation, Low Carbon, Building Performance, System Dynamics

Suggested Citation

Papachristos, George and Jain, Nishesh and Burman, Esfandiar and Zimmermann, Nici and Mumovic, Dejan and Davies, Michael and Edkins, andrew, Low Carbon Building Performance in the Construction Industry: A Multi-Method Approach of Project Management Operations and Building Energy Use Applied in a UK Public Office Building (january 25, 2020). Papachristos, G., Jain, J., Burman, E., Zimmerman, N., Mumovic, D., Davies, M. 2020. Low carbon building performance: A multi-method approach of project management operations and building energy use applied in a UK public office building. Energy and Buildings, DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3610380

George Papachristos (Contact Author)

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences ( email )

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Nishesh Jain

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Esfandiar Burman

IEDE ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Nici Zimmermann

IEDE ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Dejan Mumovic

IEDE ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Michael Davies

IEDE ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Andrew Edkins

Bartlett ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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