Integration of QFD and Utility Theory to Improve End-User Satisfaction in the Design of High-Performance Buildings

Ehsan Mostavi, Somayeh Asadi, Ebrahim Karan, Djamel Boussaa

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Abstract

Ever since the first global oil crisis in the seventies, the shortage of fossil fuels, which is considered as the number one resource for energy carrier, has emphasized the need of modern society on cheap energy and resources. Over short or long term, that circumstance is compelling people to consider global energy strategies and accordingly take proper measures. Along with a limited supply of carbon based fuels worldwide, the impact of the carbon footprint - the effect of an increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the earth's atmosphere and its consequence on the global climate - has become indubitably clear. Recent studies show that building sector consumes significant amounts of energy and is responsible for a considerable amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Studies show that amongst several factors contributing to the building energy performance, occupant behavior is one of the driving factors. According to these studies building characteristics and the quality of indoor environment significantly influence the level of satisfaction and efficiency of occupants in buildings. Therefore, a proper design is needed to increase building occupant's satisfaction and efficiency. To determine the best design strategy, several building envelope materials as well as occupant behaviors should be considered as design variables in the design process. Therefore, the objective of this study is to develop a proper weighting system for different strategies to secure occupants' satisfaction as well as constructors' consent. To achieve this objective, a quality function deployment (QFD) method is utilized to identify, translate, and implement the end-user requirements into the design process. In addition, the utility theory is used to reflect the constructors' perception on usefulness and practicality of end user requirements. The insights from this study will aid in developing better decision making system and more viable alternatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSustainable Human-Building Ecosystems - Selected Papers from the 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems
EditorsKhee Poh Lam, Yimin Zhu, Yong Tao
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages185-193
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479681
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2015Oct 6 2015

Other

Other1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period10/5/1510/6/15

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Quality function deployment
Carbon footprint
Earth atmosphere
Gas emissions
Fossil fuels
Greenhouse gases
Carbon dioxide
Decision making
Carbon

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Engineering

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Mostavi, E., Asadi, S., Karan, E., & Boussaa, D. (2015). Integration of QFD and Utility Theory to Improve End-User Satisfaction in the Design of High-Performance Buildings. In K. P. Lam, Y. Zhu, & Y. Tao (Eds.), Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems - Selected Papers from the 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (pp. 185-193). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479681.020
Mostavi, Ehsan ; Asadi, Somayeh ; Karan, Ebrahim ; Boussaa, Djamel. / Integration of QFD and Utility Theory to Improve End-User Satisfaction in the Design of High-Performance Buildings. Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems - Selected Papers from the 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems. editor / Khee Poh Lam ; Yimin Zhu ; Yong Tao. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2015. pp. 185-193
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Mostavi, E, Asadi, S, Karan, E & Boussaa, D 2015, Integration of QFD and Utility Theory to Improve End-User Satisfaction in the Design of High-Performance Buildings. in KP Lam, Y Zhu & Y Tao (eds), Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems - Selected Papers from the 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), pp. 185-193, 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems, Pittsburgh, United States, 10/5/15. https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479681.020

Integration of QFD and Utility Theory to Improve End-User Satisfaction in the Design of High-Performance Buildings. / Mostavi, Ehsan; Asadi, Somayeh; Karan, Ebrahim; Boussaa, Djamel.

Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems - Selected Papers from the 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems. ed. / Khee Poh Lam; Yimin Zhu; Yong Tao. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2015. p. 185-193.

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Mostavi E, Asadi S, Karan E, Boussaa D. Integration of QFD and Utility Theory to Improve End-User Satisfaction in the Design of High-Performance Buildings. In Lam KP, Zhu Y, Tao Y, editors, Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems - Selected Papers from the 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 2015. p. 185-193 https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479681.020