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mechanical engineers, environmental engineers, those in the construction industry, social scientists, and even public health practitioners throughout the long life cycle of buildings.

This session introduces the emerging integration and transformation effort of the architecture/engineering/construction industry to increase social, economic, and environmental benefits via sustainable building development. John Ochsendorf (Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]) introduces the current challenges and opportunities for low-carbon buildings by presenting the cutting edge in benchmarking building performance and building life-cycle cost assessment. Using case studies of ultra-low-carbon buildings designed by his team at MIT, he discusses the best integrated design strategies and future research and industry needs.

Next, John Haymaker (Design Process Innovation) uses industry case studies and surveys to summarize the difficulties that building design teams have defining and searching through solution spaces and how this results in unsustainable designs. He presents an emerging platform of industrial and academic tools that are helping professional and student teams execute far more efficient and effective design processes.

Jelena Srebric (Pennsylvania State University) discusses the challenges in modeling the energy and environmental performance of an entire building. She defines key questions that multiscale modeling can address for an engineer facing a design of new or renovation of old buildings with sustainability in mind. She also analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of existing multiscale modeling opportunities and concludes with a discussion on future needs in developing new building multiscale models.

Chris Pyke (U.S. Green Building Council) wraps up the session with an industry perspective that covers the use of location-based services and social networks to drive market transformation for sustainable building. He demonstrates an innovative Geographic Information System-based platform for conducting dynamic, multicriteria benchmarking and facilitating the collection and analysis of unprecedented information about the experience of occupants in and around green buildings. He discusses how these new tools will drive continuous performance in a number of specific areas, including greenhouse gas emissions reduction, water conservation, and public health. It is evident that the ability to identify, compare, and reward high-achieving projects and individuals is central to green building’s success.

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