ORBi Open Repository and Bibliography
In may 2007, the ULg's Administrative Board (joined in June 2007 by the FUSAGx) decided to create an institutional repository and defined a strong institutional self-archiving policy to increase the visibility, accessibility and impact of the University's publications (Board's decision).
This decision led to the official launch, in November 2008, of the ORBi platform including both the Academic Bibliography and the Institutional Repository of the Wallonia-Europe University Academy.
Application of the Cradle to Cradle paradigm to a housing unit in Switzerland: Findings from a prototype design - Attia, Shady; Beney, Jean François; Andersen, Marilyne
The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) paradigm is emerging as an important regenerative
design approach. C2C is aiming to create a positive footprint of the built environment, beyond
carbon neutrality. The general idea of the C2C approach is to design products, in this case
buildings, in order to have a positive impact on the planet, instead of trying to go beyond the zero
environmental impact concept. However, there are very few studies that address the application of
the C2C concept in building design. More importantly, there is hardly any documentation
processes on methods or tools currently being used to design and...
Achieving Informed Decision-Making using Building Performance Simulation - Attia, Shady
Building performance simulation (BPS) is the basis for informed decision-making of Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) design. This paper aims to investigate the use of building performance simulation tools as a method of informing the design decision of NZEBs. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of a simulation-based decision aid, ZEBO, on informed decision-making using sensitivity analysis. The objective is to assess the effect of ZEBO and other building performance simulation (BPS) tools on three specific outcomes: (i) knowledge and satisfaction when using simulation for NZEB design; (ii) users’ decision-making attitudes and patterns, and (iii) performance...
Measuring the Usability and Effectiveness of CAAD Tools and Applications - Attia, Shady; Andersen, Marilyne
Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) decisions and judgments have been at the heart of architectural design practice. Despite the increasing popularity of computer aided design applications, measuring the decision making of designers empirically remains elusive. Past research claiming usefulness of the CAD has relied largely on anecdotal or case studies that are vulnerable to bias. The study reviews results of prior investigations. The relatively few laboratory experiments report hardly any empirical results regarding the measurement of CAD decision making. The study provides an overview of the literature of existing measurement methods that have been used in psychology and neuroscience to...
Bioclimatic Design in Casablanca (Morocco): Decision Support through Building Performance Simulation - Attia, Shady; Geoffrey, van Moeseke
In this paper, bioclimatic design strategies in Moroccan architecture have been analyzed for the city of Casablanca. The aim of this study is to enable architects to re-understand the lessons of tradition, because the way towards bioclimatic architecture should start by understanding vernacular architecture. The first part of the paper presents climate analysis and a set of bioclimatic principles addressing orientation, shading, thermal mass, insulation and natural ventilation as a mean for passive cooling. The second part explores the potential of implementing the Passivhaus Standard in Casablanca. Based on a validated building model, the performance of one of an apartment,...
The usability of green building rating systems in hot arid climates: A case study in Siwa, Egypt - Attia, Shady; Dabaieh, Marwa
In the last ten years there has been a proliferation of regional building rating systems across the Middle East (ME). Most those emerging rating systems and labels emulate the British and American rating systems BREEAM and LEED that emerged in industrial countries context with an impact reduction paradigm. Thus they are neglecting the local historic, climatic, economic, technological, cultural and social context of the ME. This paper presents a case study of a recently constructed eco-lodge, AlBabenshal, in Siwa, Egypt, that performs beyond the existing rating systems requirements. The paper illustrates the environmental and sustainability design strategies adapted to AlBabenshal...