Optimization model for the selection of materials using the leed green building rating system

Daniel Castro-Lacouture, Jorge A. Sefair, Laura Flórez, Andrés L. Medaglia

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Abstract

The green building philosophy has recently taken a central role in the construction industry, mitigating the environmental impact of buildings. Buildings are responsible of a large portion of harmful emissions and use a large fraction of the total natural resources. Moreover, the bad quality of indoor environments in office buildings can affect the health of employees, reducing their productivity. Because materials used in construction projects are responsible for a significant fraction of this environmental footprint, a better selection and use of materials could lead to a green certification such as the one given by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. This paper illustrates how an optimization model can be used to help decision makers to select the right materials, incorporating design and budget constraints while maximizing the number of material-related LEED-based credits. A case study based on real data is analyzed from different angles to demonstrate the effect on the optimal choice of materials due to changes in construction market conditions. Copyright ASCE 2009.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBuilding a Sustainable Future - Proceedings of the 2009 Construction Research Congress
Pages608-617
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 11 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 Construction Research Congress - Building a Sustainable Future - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Apr 5 2009Apr 7 2009

Publication series

NameBuilding a Sustainable Future - Proceedings of the 2009 Construction Research Congress

Other

Other2009 Construction Research Congress - Building a Sustainable Future
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period4/5/094/7/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Castro-Lacouture, D., Sefair, J. A., Flórez, L., & Medaglia, A. L. (2009). Optimization model for the selection of materials using the leed green building rating system. In Building a Sustainable Future - Proceedings of the 2009 Construction Research Congress (pp. 608-617). (Building a Sustainable Future - Proceedings of the 2009 Construction Research Congress). https://doi.org/10.1061/41020(339)62