Selection of optimization objectives for decision-making in building energy retrofits

Selection of optimization objectives for decision-making in building energy retrofits Building energy retrofitting has emerged as a primary strategy for reducing energy use and carbon emissions. The decision about which retrofit measures should be implemented in a particular project is a single- or multi-objective optimization problem subject to many constraints and limitations. Different objective(s) have been used in the literature, however the identification and selection of the objective(s) for this optimization problem is still a challenge. This study develops a decision matrix that guides decision-makers on how to select the objective(s) for a single- or multi-objective optimization problem that results in the selection of the best energy retrofitting strategy, by considering and defining the “investor benefits” term, the type of potential investors, and the type of potential benefits of building energy retrofits. Four types of investors are considered in this study: owner-occupant, absent owner, leaser, and external investor. In addition, a case study is used to illustrate how different types of investors may affect the selection of objective functions and, therefore, the final decisions for optimum energy retrofits. Results show that when the investor is the owner-occupant, a higher investment is suggested for energy retrofits to achieve optimum benefits. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Building and Environment Elsevier

Selection of optimization objectives for decision-making in building energy retrofits

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd
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0360-1323
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10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.12.027
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Abstract

Building energy retrofitting has emerged as a primary strategy for reducing energy use and carbon emissions. The decision about which retrofit measures should be implemented in a particular project is a single- or multi-objective optimization problem subject to many constraints and limitations. Different objective(s) have been used in the literature, however the identification and selection of the objective(s) for this optimization problem is still a challenge. This study develops a decision matrix that guides decision-makers on how to select the objective(s) for a single- or multi-objective optimization problem that results in the selection of the best energy retrofitting strategy, by considering and defining the “investor benefits” term, the type of potential investors, and the type of potential benefits of building energy retrofits. Four types of investors are considered in this study: owner-occupant, absent owner, leaser, and external investor. In addition, a case study is used to illustrate how different types of investors may affect the selection of objective functions and, therefore, the final decisions for optimum energy retrofits. Results show that when the investor is the owner-occupant, a higher investment is suggested for energy retrofits to achieve optimum benefits.

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Building and EnvironmentElsevier

Published: Feb 15, 2018

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