Low Carbon Building Performance in the Construction Industry: A Multi-Method Approach of System Dynamics and Building Performance Modelling

Papachristos, G., Jain, J., Burman, E., Zimmerman, N., Wu X, Liu P, Mumovic, D., Lin B, Davies, M. 2020. Low carbon building performance in the construction industry: a multi-method approach of system dynamics and building performance modelling. Construction Management and Economics

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

Xiaoying Wu

Tsinghua University

Pei Liu

Shandong University

Dejan Mumovic

IEDE

Borong Lin

Tsinghua University

Michael Davies

IEDE

Andrew Edkins

Bartlett

Date Written: May 25, 2020

Abstract

The construction industry contributes significantly to energy consumption and carbon emissions. Moreover, people spend more time inside buildings, so their health is increasingly influenced by indoor environmental conditions. When considered through these lenses, the concept of total building performance can span energy consumption, the associated CO2 emissions, and indoor environmental quality (IEQ). At the individual project level, building under-performance with respect to energy and IEQ is frequent, and the ex post performance gap is partially attributed to the construction project management and operations phase of the building life-cycle. This under-performance motivates the research of this paper into the construction process outcomes in terms of energy performance and IEQ, and ways to reduce the performance gap. The paper develops a multi-methodology framework to analyse the effect of building development project process on energy performance and IEQ from an operations management perspective. The framework couples system dynamics modelling of construction project management to building performance modelling. The paper details the way they are coupled, the application steps and data requirements, so that they can be applied on a case by case basis. The aim is to combine operations management to building performance disciplines and deliver insights for industry practitioners and policy makers.

Keywords: Project Management, Low-Zero Carbon, Simulation, Building Performance, System Dynamics

Suggested Citation

Papachristos, George and Jain, Nishesh and Burman, Esfandiar and Zimmermann, Nici and Wu, Xiaoying and Liu, Pei and Mumovic, Dejan and Lin, Borong and Davies, Michael and Edkins, andrew, Low Carbon Building Performance in the Construction Industry: A Multi-Method Approach of System Dynamics and Building Performance Modelling (May 25, 2020). Papachristos, G., Jain, J., Burman, E., Zimmerman, N., Wu X, Liu P, Mumovic, D., Lin B, Davies, M. 2020. Low carbon building performance in the construction industry: a multi-method approach of system dynamics and building performance modelling. Construction Management and Economics, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3610387

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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

Xiaoying Wu

Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Pei Liu

Shandong University ( email )

27 Shanda Nanlu
South Rd.
Jinan, Shandong 250100
China

Dejan Mumovic

IEDE ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Borong Lin

Tsinghua University

Beijing, 100084
China

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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