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Evaluating Life Cycle of Buildings Using an Integrated Approach Based on Quantitative-Qualitative and Simplified Best-Worst Methods (QQM-SBWM)

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Department of Industrial Management, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran 14348-63111, Iran
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Department of Management, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood 36199-95161, Iran
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Department of Management, Faculty of Humanities (Azadshahr Branch), Gonbad Kavous University, Gonbad Kavous 49717-99151, Iran
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Institute of Sustainable Construction, Civil Engineering Faculty, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4487; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084487
Received: 7 March 2021 / Revised: 10 April 2021 / Accepted: 13 April 2021 / Published: 17 April 2021
Evaluating the life cycle of buildings is a valuable tool for assessing sustainability and analyzing environmental consequences throughout the construction operations of buildings. In this study, in order to determine the importance of building life cycle evaluation indicators, a new combination method was used based on a quantitative-qualitative method (QQM) and a simplified best-worst method (SBWM). The SBWM method was used because it simplifies BWM calculations and does not require solving complex mathematical models. Reducing the time required to perform calculations and eliminating the need for complicated computer software are among the advantages of the proposed method. The QQM method has also been used due to its ability to evaluate quantitative and qualitative criteria simultaneously. The feasibility and applicability of the SBWM were examined using three numerical examples and a case study, and the results were evaluated. The results of the case study showed that the criteria of the estimated cost, comfort level, and basic floor area were, in order, the most important criteria among the others. The results of the numerical examples and the case study showed that the proposed method had a lower total deviation (TD) compared to the basic BWM. Sensitivity analysis results also confirmed that the proposed approach has a high degree of robustness for ranking and weighting criteria. View Full-Text
Keywords: life cycle of buildings; multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM); best-worst method (BWM); simplified BWM; quantitative-qualitative method (QQM); pairwise comparisons life cycle of buildings; multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM); best-worst method (BWM); simplified BWM; quantitative-qualitative method (QQM); pairwise comparisons
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Amiri, M.; Hashemi-Tabatabaei, M.; Ghahremanloo, M.; Keshavarz-Ghorabaee, M.; Zavadskas, E.K.; Kaklauskas, A. Evaluating Life Cycle of Buildings Using an Integrated Approach Based on Quantitative-Qualitative and Simplified Best-Worst Methods (QQM-SBWM). Sustainability 2021, 13, 4487. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084487

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Amiri M, Hashemi-Tabatabaei M, Ghahremanloo M, Keshavarz-Ghorabaee M, Zavadskas EK, Kaklauskas A. Evaluating Life Cycle of Buildings Using an Integrated Approach Based on Quantitative-Qualitative and Simplified Best-Worst Methods (QQM-SBWM). Sustainability. 2021; 13(8):4487. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084487

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Amiri, Maghsoud; Hashemi-Tabatabaei, Mohammad; Ghahremanloo, Mohammad; Keshavarz-Ghorabaee, Mehdi; Zavadskas, Edmundas K.; Kaklauskas, Arturas. 2021. "Evaluating Life Cycle of Buildings Using an Integrated Approach Based on Quantitative-Qualitative and Simplified Best-Worst Methods (QQM-SBWM)" Sustainability 13, no. 8: 4487. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084487

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