A multicriteria lifespan energy efficiency approach to intelligent building assessment

Zhen Chen, Derek Clements-Croome, Ju Hong, Heng Li, Qian Xu

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This paper presents a multicriteria decision-making model for lifespan energy efficiency assessment of intelligent buildings (IBs). The decision-making model called IBAssessor is developed using an analytic network process (ANP) method and a set of lifespan performance indicators for IBs selected by a new quantitative approach called energy-time consumption index (ETI). In order to improve the quality of decision-making, the authors of this paper make use of previous research achievements including a lifespan sustainable business model, the Asian IB Index, and a number of relevant publications. Practitioners can use the IBAssessor ANP model at different stages of an IB lifespan for either engineering or business oriented assessments. Finally, this paper presents an experimental case study to demonstrate how to use IBAssessor ANP model to solve real-world design tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-409
Number of pages17
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006


  • Analytic network process
  • Energy efficiency
  • Intelligent building
  • Life cycle assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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