EXTRACTION AND ANALYSIS METHODOLOGY FOR SUPPORTING COMPLEX SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
DS 68-5: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 5: Design for X / Design to X, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
The advent of computer-based tools to aid the design process has meant that larger set of design parameters can be taken into consideration. It also means that other factors, such as those associated with environmental issues can be considered, and increasingly there are legislative requirements to do so. This means increasing demands are placed on designers to create innovative, sustainable, high quality solutions to satisfy a large range of stakeholders. Design is an interdisciplinary practice that is inherently complex. Managing such complexities requires the support of specifically created tools and methodologies in order to handle the large number of available design parameters. Ths is particularly true of the built environment where such parameters include the number and mix of buildings, their energy consumption, the handling of waste, the management of water, and the transport needs. The paper discusses the use of a methodology that seeks to support the decision making process and design optimization for complex sustainable designsbased upon automatically studying the relations between design parameters so that their interdependencies can be obtained and sensitivities established.