ENG/EFRI FY 2010 Awards Announcement-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, October 25, 2010

ENG/EFRI FY 2010 Awards Announcement

Stephen Lee and Khee Poh Lam Part of Research Team

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) office awarded 14 grants in FY 2010, including ten on the topic of Science in Energy and Environmental Design (SEED):

The project “BUILD - Barriers, Understanding, Integration - Life Cycle Development” [Link] will be led by Melissa Bilec of the University of Pittsburgh, with collaboration from researchers Alex Jones, Amy Landis, and Laura Schaefer, all from the University of Pittsburgh, and Stephen Lee and Khee Poh Lam of Carnegie Mellon University.

Life cycle assessments are a powerful tool for elucidating environmental impacts, but they are seldom used to understand the sustainability of buildings, from raw materials to rubble.  The researchers will investigate the scientific and engineering barriers to wider use of life cycle assessments and assess possible solutions.  Combining these results with case studies of high-performance buildings, the team will develop a dynamic, real-time framework for determining life cycle impacts of green buildings.  The framework will be capable of connecting to models of other systems, enabling the simulation of, for example, buildings incorporating cogeneration, and it will allow users to explore different scenarios for better decision-making.