Date of Award

5-2010

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Haluk Aktan

Second Advisor

Dr. Ahmad Jrade

Third Advisor

Dr. Osama Abudayyey

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Yufeng Hu

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

Sustainable or green building design has been demanded from buildings to create a respectable and comfortable environment. Designers, contractors, owners and investors are interested in green buildings that use their design, but construction can make it more complicated, particularly when they are built to accommodate people with exceptional needs. Further, sustainable design benefits the environment, economic and social structures, health and safety. Green buildings can be in several aspects such as design, material, and energy. Universal design is one aspect related to green building. Universal design addresses the needs of people of different ages with different abilities. In addition to, energy efficiency of buildings, green building can reduce the energy used by using systems more environmentally friendly.

This research presents sustainable universal design requirements and encourages using zero energy systems to reduce the energy of a building to zero energy. It also applies universal design requirements by designing a model (a residential building) that meets all requirements, and then creates new families for universal design in the Revit Architecture library to support architects, engineers, and contractors.

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