Building effectiveness communication ratios (BECs): an integrated ‘life-cycle’ methodology for mitigating energy-use in buildings

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dc.contributor.advisor Keane, Marcus M. Morrissey, Elmer D. 2012-07-10T12:21:39Z 2012-07-10T12:21:39Z 2006-08 2006-08
dc.identifier.citation Morrissey, E.D. 2006. Building effectiveness communication ratios (BECs): an integrated ‘life-cycle’ methodology for mitigating energy-use in buildings. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.description.abstract Current building regulations are generally prescriptive in nature. It is widely accepted in Europe that this form of building regulation is stifling technological innovation and leading to inadequate energy efficiency in the building stock. This has increased the motivation to move design practices towards a more ‘performance-based’ model in order to mitigate inflated levels of energy-use consumed by the building stock. A performance based model assesses the interaction of all building elements and the resulting impact on holistic building energy-use. However, this is a nebulous task due to building energy-use being affected by a myriad of heterogeneous agents. Accordingly, it is imperative that appropriate methods, tools and technologies are employed for energy prediction, measurement and evaluation throughout the project’s life cycle. This research also considers that it is imperative that the data is universally accessible by all stakeholders. The use of a centrally based product model for exchange of building information is explored. This research describes the development and implementation of a new building energy-use performance assessment methodology. Termed the Building Effectiveness Communications ratios (BECs) methodology, this performance-based framework is capable of translating complex definitions of sustainability for energy efficiency and depicting universally understandable views at all stage of the Building Life Cycle (BLC) to the project’s stakeholders. The enabling yardsticks of building energy-use performance, termed Ir and Pr, provide continuous design and operations feedback in order to aid the building’s decision makers. Utilised effectively, the methodology is capable of delivering quality assurance throughout the BLC by providing project teams with quantitative measurement of energy efficiency. Armed with these superior enabling tools for project stakeholder communication, it is envisaged that project teams will be better placed to augment a knowledge base and generate more efficient additions to the building stock. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (Embark Initiative) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2006, Elmer D. Morrissey en
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dc.subject Building energy-use performance assessment en
dc.subject Building life cycle en
dc.subject Glucksman Art Gallery en
dc.subject.lcsh Buildings--Energy conservation en
dc.subject.lcsh Building performance en
dc.subject.lcsh Lewis Glucksman Gallery en
dc.title Building effectiveness communication ratios (BECs): an integrated ‘life-cycle’ methodology for mitigating energy-use in buildings en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Engineering) en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology en
dc.contributor.funder Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Civil and Environmental Engineering en

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