A multi-criteria decision framework for the selection of low carbon building measures for office buildings in Hong Kong

Simou Zhang (Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR)
Wei Pan (Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR)
Mohan Kumaraswamy (Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR)

International Journal of Energy Sector Management

ISSN: 1750-6220

Publication date: 28 October 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to develop a multi-criteria decision framework (MCDF) for the selection of appropriate low carbon building (LCB) measures for office buildings in Hong Kong.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was carried out through a critical literature review and a case study with a low carbon office building project.

Findings

In total, 26 LCB measures were identified, under the five groups of building envelope, heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, lighting and elevators, renewable energy and appliances. Also identified were 16 decision criteria, centred on the implementation-related, economic, environmental and production-related aspects. The identified measures and criteria, coupled with the information and business processes of office building project delivery, formed the conceptual MCDF. The MCDF was also verified using an office building project.

Research limitations/implications

The limitation of this research was the absence of the energy bill which could help to further verify the model in the case study.

Originality/value

The developed framework should add value to knowledge of the use of multi-criteria decision-making methods and support the design decision-making of selecting LCB measures for office building projects in Hong Kong. The findings should also inform LCB design in other hot and humid subtropical urban environments.

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Citation

Zhang, S., Pan, W. and Kumaraswamy, M. (2014), "A multi-criteria decision framework for the selection of low carbon building measures for office buildings in Hong Kong", International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 456-476. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-03-2014-0005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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