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Information In Environmental Architecture: Ecological Network Analysis And New Indices Of Building Performance, Hwang Yi Jan 2016

Information In Environmental Architecture: Ecological Network Analysis And New Indices Of Building Performance, Hwang Yi

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This dissertation suggests a new framework and indices of building performance evaluation based on an eco-systemic approach. The energy-efficient building construction and operation are important to achieve sustainability. Nevertheless, efficiency does not fully account for the building’s complex environmental phenomena in which nature, art, and human living are inseparably involved. In particular, increasing efficiency cannot clearly associate the robustness and stability of the building’s internal energetic organization (and trade-offs between energy efficiency and material use) with building form and occupant behavior. The purpose of this study is to argue that environmental information content is a substantial source to ...