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Towards generation of holistic renovation scenarios using Multiple Criteria Decision Making – Case of Energy Consumption, Investment Cost, and Indoor Comfort

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Recent research in building renovation field seeks methods for development of more holistic renovation scenarios that lives up to a broader set of sustainability objectives/criteria. The aim in this paper is to apply one of these methods – a Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) method – for evaluation of holistic renovation scenarios for an apartment block. It aims at addressing the interactions or trade-offs of the considering objectives and criteria with each other when the renovation scenarios are being developed, which is one of the major issues in this field. The intention is to demonstrate the principles and capabilities of the method, and for the sake of simplicity, the demonstration is limited to involve renovation of a few significant building components, sustainability criteria, and a limited amount of renovation measures. As such, it firstly indicates details about the key components of a sustainable renovation related to sustainability criteria and renovation approaches. The performance of a total of 55 renovation scenarios are simulated and evaluated in terms criteria for Energy Consumption, Investment Cost, and Thermal Indoor Comfort. The trade-off between the criteria is addressed using Pareto-front approach, and the optimal solution is determined using MCDM-based rating method (application of Multiple Attribute Decision Making (MADM) methods). Therefore, the paper demonstrates how application of simulation and MCDM methods in the early design stages of holistic renovation projects may improve a decision-making process, which has focus on obtaining sustainable building renovations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, SDBE 2018 : Proceedings
EditorsHeba Elsharkawy, Sahar Zahiri, Jack Clough
Number of pages12
PublisherBritish Council
Publication year13 Sep 2018
Article number113
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2018
EventSecond International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment: Research in Practice - London
Duration: 12 Sep 201813 Sep 2018


ConferenceSecond International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment

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