A Multi-Step Approach to Assess the Lifecycle Economic Impact of Seismic Risk on Optimal Energy Retrofit
AbstractMost European buildings built before 1980s were constructed without any design concern for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. In addition to this issue, over the last decades, the essential need of safer buildings has progressively attracted the interest of scientific community and government institutions. However, the strong interaction between energy and structural aspects in building retrofit design has never been handled via robust and reliable approaches. The present study explores this knowledge gap by introducing a novel multi-step approach that addresses the retrofit of existing buildings by integrating energy, structural and economic aspects. To this end, a multi-stage energy optimization is carried out by implementing a genetic algorithm and a smart research strategy. Thus, the cost-optimal energy retrofit solution is identified and the impact of the expected economic losses due to seismic damage is assessed throughout the building lifecycle. The methodology is applied to a multi-story residential building, considering the effects of two different building locations, namely Milan and Norcia. These latter are characterized by similar climatic conditions but by a different level of seismic risk, which is higher for Norcia. The outcomes show that the estimated seismic economic losses associated with the energy retrofit solutions are strongly affected by the building location. Thus, the selection of the optimal energy retrofit measures should be related to the building structural behavior in order to achieve reliable economic and sustainability benefits. View Full-Text
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Mauro, G.M.; Menna, C.; Vitiello, U.; Asprone, D.; Ascione, F.; Bianco, N.; Prota, A.; Vanoli, G.P. A Multi-Step Approach to Assess the Lifecycle Economic Impact of Seismic Risk on Optimal Energy Retrofit. Sustainability 2017, 9, 989.
Mauro GM, Menna C, Vitiello U, Asprone D, Ascione F, Bianco N, Prota A, Vanoli GP. A Multi-Step Approach to Assess the Lifecycle Economic Impact of Seismic Risk on Optimal Energy Retrofit. Sustainability. 2017; 9(6):989.Chicago/Turabian Style
Mauro, Gerardo M.; Menna, Costantino; Vitiello, Umberto; Asprone, Domenico; Ascione, Fabrizio; Bianco, Nicola; Prota, Andrea; Vanoli, Giuseppe P. 2017. "A Multi-Step Approach to Assess the Lifecycle Economic Impact of Seismic Risk on Optimal Energy Retrofit." Sustainability 9, no. 6: 989.
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