Energies 2012, 5(11), 4462-4480; doi:10.3390/en5114462
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A DFuzzy-DAHP Decision-Making Model for Evaluating Energy-Saving Design Strategies for Residential Buildings

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Received: 19 September 2012; in revised form: 26 October 2012 / Accepted: 6 November 2012 / Published: 9 November 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficient Buildings and Green Buildings)
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Abstract: The construction industry is a high-pollution and high-energy-consumption industry. Energy-saving designs for residential buildings not only reduce the energy consumed during construction, but also reduce long-term energy consumption in completed residential buildings. Because building design affects investment costs, designs are often influenced by investors’ decisions. A set of appropriate decision-support tools for residential buildings are required to examine how building design influences corporations externally and internally. From the perspective of energy savings and environmental protection, we combined three methods to develop a unique model for evaluating the energy-saving design of residential buildings. Among these methods, the Delphi group decision-making method provides a co-design feature, the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) includes multi-criteria decision-making techniques, and fuzzy logic theory can simplify complex internal and external factors into easy-to-understand numbers or ratios that facilitate decisions. The results of this study show that incorporating solar building materials, double-skin facades, and green roof designs can effectively provide high energy-saving building designs.
Keywords: energy-saving design; solar building materials; double-skin facades; the Delphi method; analytical hierarchy process (AHP); fuzzy logic theory
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Liu, K.-S.; Hsueh, S.-L.; Wu, W.-C.; Chen, Y.-L. A DFuzzy-DAHP Decision-Making Model for Evaluating Energy-Saving Design Strategies for Residential Buildings. Energies 2012, 5, 4462-4480.

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Liu K-S, Hsueh S-L, Wu W-C, Chen Y-L. A DFuzzy-DAHP Decision-Making Model for Evaluating Energy-Saving Design Strategies for Residential Buildings. Energies. 2012; 5(11):4462-4480.

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Liu, Kuang-Sheng; Hsueh, Sung-Lin; Wu, Wen-Chen; Chen, Yu-Lung. 2012. "A DFuzzy-DAHP Decision-Making Model for Evaluating Energy-Saving Design Strategies for Residential Buildings." Energies 5, no. 11: 4462-4480.


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