SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: Krystal Dillon
TIME: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: MARC Building, 431
TITLE: A Simulation-Optimization Method for Economic Efficient Design of Net Zero Energy Buildings
COMMITTEE: Dr. Jonathan Colton, Chair (ME)
Dr. Bert Bras (ME)
Dr. Chris Paredis (ME)


Vaccines and drugs in many low and middle-income countries are typically warehoused in old buildings that are poorly designed and wasteful of energy. This thesis creates and studies a design method that can be used to create an economically feasible Net Zero Energy vaccine warehouse that can be scaled and replicated throughout the developing world. Through a sensitivity analysis, the created design method proved to be highly adaptable to changing simulation parameters while still quickly converging to the global optimum. The results from the sensitivity analysis are used to provide recommendations that correlate the suggested parameter values to climatic conditions and other building parameters.