Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Integrating Flexibility and Sustainability to Define a New Net-Zero Apartment Building Prototype
by Galko, Amber E., M.S., The University of Arizona, 2015, 35; 1583760
Abstract (Summary)

Two key architectural concepts that must be taken into account in every design are sustainability and flexibility. These two ideas are inherently tied to one another. Sustainability refers to ideas and processes that provide solutions meant to better our built environment by using renewable resources, and reducing the amount of energy used in order to ensure our planets well-being for future generations. Flexibility refers to the capability of adaptation in order to accommodate different situations and circumstances. Users will always change through time, while a structure remains the same. The goal of flexibility is to allow a building to evolve as its users do in both long and short term. Rooms can be added or removed, exterior connections can change, and uses of rooms can change through out the day as spaces are used differently. Flexibility will extend a building's entire life cycle and reducing the need for expensive renovations by making every space multi-use. Each building's entire life cycle should be taken into account during the design phase, and no building should serve as a single use, this idea will also make them more sustainable. These two concepts will also have very important social and economical implications for the users.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chalfoun, Nader
Commitee: Moeller, Colby, Weinstein, Beth
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Architecture
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sustainability, Architecture
Keywords: Apartment, Architecture, Flexibility, Housing, Sustainability
Publication Number: 1583760
ISBN: 978-1-321-55552-3
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