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