Quantifying Sustainable Improvements: Interactions of Energy Efficient Construction Techniques and Estimating Their Efficiency

Pustola K., Aktaş C. B.

Zone 1 Conference of the American-Society-for-Engineering-Education (ASEE Zone), Connecticut, United States Of America, 3 - 05 April 2014 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/aseezone1.2014.6820638
  • City: Connecticut
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Keywords: building energy analysis, Climate Consultant, energy efficiency, HEED, passive design
  • TED University Affiliated: No


Many sustainable building improvements can be implemented in order to increase a building's efficiency. The article demonstrates ways in which improvements can be tested, compared, and evaluated together to identify synergies among different improvements to find the best return on investment by quantifying potential savings both in electricity and energy consumption of buildings. The goal of the study was to assess the possibility and ease of determining economic savings from energy improvements installed in a building design project. With the tools and methods discussed in the study, reasonable estimates for savings can be made quickly and efficiently for people looking to invest in improvements for their homes or buildings, allowing them to calculate payback periods with confidence and help them get the most out of their investment decisions.