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2015

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Retrofit

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Negative Life-Cycle Emissions Growth Rate Through Retrofit Of Existing Institutional Buildings: Energy Analysis And Life Cycle Assessment Of A Case Study Of University Dormitory Renovation, Somayeh Tabatabaee, Benjamin S. Weil, Ajla Aksamija Jan 2015

Negative Life-Cycle Emissions Growth Rate Through Retrofit Of Existing Institutional Buildings: Energy Analysis And Life Cycle Assessment Of A Case Study Of University Dormitory Renovation, Somayeh Tabatabaee, Benjamin S. Weil, Ajla Aksamija

Student Showcase

ABSTRACT: Buildings account for about one fifth of the world`s total delivered energy use, and thus methods for reducing energy consumption and carbon emission associated with buildings are crucial elements for climate change mitigation and sustainability. Voluntary challenges, mandates, and, particularly, public institutions have articulated these goals in terms of striving for “net-zero energy” buildings, and mandated measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Typically, the definition of net-zero and other energy consumption reduction goals only consider operational energy. By ignoring embodied energy during the entire life-cycle of the building (manufacture, use and demolition of materials and systems), such goals ...


Building For The Future: Revitalization Through Architecture, Rebecca N. Perry Jan 2015

Building For The Future: Revitalization Through Architecture, Rebecca N. Perry

Masters Theses

This thesis focuses on the revitalization of a once thriving manufacturing city, Gardner, Massachusetts. In the past the city of Gardner was rich with furniture manufacturers. Over the years the manufacture of furniture has left Gardner. The goal of this thesis is to reinvigorate the furniture making and craft back into Gardner. The proposed revitalization of the town was furthered through teaching and the design and production of a new product line. The renovation and retrofit of an existing now abandoned, building. Designing to meet the strategies, methods, and processes of furniture production; merged with an architecture meant to signal ...