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The senior thesis final report discusses the four analyses performed on the Murur Mixed-use Complex project. The project is about 2.3 million SF of mixed-use facilities that include a shopping mall, a residential tower, an office tower and parking floors.
Analysis 1: Photovoltaic Panels
Energy is a major issue that affects all industries including the construction industry. Energy cost is rising constantly and alternative energy sources are being developed every day. Solar energy is one of the cleanest energy sources on the planet, and with the location of the Murur Complex project, photovoltaic solar panels can be a good source of energy. A solar panel’s system can simple payback is 26 years, while discounted payback period is 75 years.
Analysis 2: Solar Shading
Due to the high solar irradiance in the region where the project is located, windows gain a huge amount of heat which enters the building and cause discomfort to the tenants. Solar louvers can keep the direct sun light off the windows and save more than 1.3 billion BTUs each year.
Analysis 3: Interior Work Prefabrication
Prefabrication has gained a lot of attention from many contractors in the past few years. Prefabrication has many benefits especially to large projects like the Murur Complex. Prefabricating the interior work will save the project more than $250,000, and will accelerate it by 100 days which gives a chance for $3.6 million worth of revenue.