A Decision-making Framework to Optimize Roof Functionality in the Design of Sustainable Buildings

Apr 06, 2015

This research encompasses the method used to develop a roof design assistant framework or ‘RoofConsultant’ that can be utilized to optimize roof functionality in design and development of sustainable buildings. In the course of the literature review and research process, a comprehensive knowledge and information database is developed and categorized based on seven key roof functions. Appropriate strategies within these functions are addressed with regard to eight US climate zones. Energy codes, standards, and guidelines are used to develop boundaries for the application of roof design strategies in different climates and locations. Through this comprehensive approach, RoofConsultant aims to be an interactive tool for designers that can lead to more effective sustainable development of roofs.

keyword: Roof Design, Integrated Roof, Sustainable Building, Net Zero Energy Building, Energy Efficiency

Nooshafarin Mohammadzadeh (NC State University)
Soolyeon Cho (NC State University)
Nikita Jathan (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Presented at: 
ARCC 2015 Conference – The FUTURE of Architectural Research (Chicago, IL)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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