Value-engineering using linear programming: Optimizing indoor air quality (IAQ)

B. G. Celik, K. R. Grosskopf, P. Oppenheim, C. J. Kibert

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Abstract

One of the key requirements of a high performance building is to create an efficient, healthy and comfortable indoor environment that provides measurable performance benefits. Unfortunately, traditional value engineering tools often lack the flexibility to efficiently "screen" the seemingly endless combinations of alternatives to those few that are most likely to provide the highest level of performance relative to cost. A mixed integer linear programming tool has been developed to determine optimal IAQ design parameters and equipment specifications for high performance commercial buildings. By expressing the dimensionless linear function of each benefit-cost objective and constraint in relation to one another, the linear model is capable of defining a boundary condition where the productivity benefits of added ventilation are maximized relative to added equipment and O&M costs. By applying operations research to value engineering, a mixed integer linear programming model has demonstrated the ability to select appropriate high performance technologies far more efficiently than conventional time intensive value engineering techniques, especially for those alternatives whose costs and benefits are difficult to quantitatively define.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCME 2007 Conference - Construction Management and Economics
Subtitle of host publication'Past, Present and Future'
Pages941-951
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2007
Event25th Inaugural Construction Management and Economics: 'Past, Present and Future' Conference, CME 2007 - Reading, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 16 2007Jul 18 2007

Publication series

NameCME 2007 Conference - Construction Management and Economics: 'Past, Present and Future'

Other

Other25th Inaugural Construction Management and Economics: 'Past, Present and Future' Conference, CME 2007
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityReading
Period7/16/077/18/07

Keywords

  • Cost
  • Decision analysis
  • Life cycle
  • Value management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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