Sustainable Construction: Building Performance Simulation by João M.P.Q. Delgado

By João M.P.Q. Delgado

This publication provides a suite of modern learn works that spotlight most sensible perform recommendations, case experiences and useful recommendation at the implementation of sustainable development suggestions. It contains a set of recent advancements within the box of creating functionality simulation, construction sustainability evaluate, sustainable administration, asset and upkeep administration and service-life prediction. consequently, the e-book will entice a extensive readership of pros, scientists, scholars, practitioners, academics and different parties.

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The cost-optimal package of solutions found in the financial perspective is exactly the same as the one obtained for the macro perspective. The graphics for both perspectives have the same shape, differing only as refers to the position of the dots cloud. The dots cloud, in the financial perspective, is located above (on y-axis) Fig. 3 Cost-optimal level from the macroeconomic perspective 36 A. Brandão de Vasconcelos et al. the macroeconomical one, which means that the global costs assigned to the first are higher than the latter.

Brandão de Vasconcelos (&) Á A. Cabaço Á A. pt A. pt A. com M. Q. 1007/978-981-10-0651-7_2 23 24 A. Brandão de Vasconcelos et al. 1 Introduction The building sector is responsible for about 40 % of Europe’s total energy consumption and for one third of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Directive 2010; Graham 2010). As urbanization is increasing in the world’s most populous countries, building sustainability is seen as a key factor in achieving sustainable development. Therefore, a major effort is being done nowadays, all over the world, to find methods for optimising the energy performance of buildings.

In Portuguese historical buildings, humidity and rising damp are aggravated because, for historical reasons, these buildings were built near natural waterways or on floodplains. Additionally, climate change has contributed to a rise in extreme weather events such as heavier rainfalls and floods across the country. Therefore, much of this Portuguese cultural heritage already is or eventually will be at a high risk of flooding (Guimarães et al. 2015). During the course of a flood, which can last hours or even days, building elements, especially foundations, floors and walls Ventilation System for Drying Out Buildings … 45 come into contact with water and their moisture content can increase until saturation.

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