Multi-Criteria Analysis of Design Solutions in Architecture and Engineering: Review of Applications and a Case Study

Karolina Ogrodnik


The primary goal of this paper is to present the application potential of MCDM/MCDA (multi-criteria decision-making/multi-criteria decision analysis) methods in the field of architecture and urban planning and in energy efficient construction, especially in the context of sustainable development paradigm. The first part of this paper is devoted to literature studies pertaining to multi-criteria decision-making support in the selected fields. On the basis of the delivered review, it was demonstrated that the most popular methods belonging to the MCDM/MCDA group that have been used so far for the purpose of resolving selected decision-making challenges, is the AHP (analytic hierarchy process) method with modifications, TOPSIS (technique for order of preference by similarity to ideal solution) method, as well the up-and-coming COPRAS (complex proportional assessment) method. In addition, by reviewing the literature, it was found that MCDM/MCDA methods constitute an effective support tool at the stage of evaluating and selecting project solutions, and are especially helpful in framing various social, economic, environmental criteria that are permanently linked to the rule of sustainable development. The empirical section of this paper, through a case study, presents a comparative analysis of the classical AHP method with its extension onto fuzzy sets. The case study pertained to the criteria for the location of single-family residential buildings with solar installations.
Author Karolina Ogrodnik (FCEE / DSEEC)
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- Department of Spatial Economy and Energy-Efficient Construction
Journal seriesBuildings, ISSN 0007-3725, e-ISSN 2471-3112, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.8
Article number244
Keywords in Englishmulti-criteria decision-making; multi-criteria decision analysis; fuzzy AHP; sustainable development; design solutions
ASJC Classification2205 Civil and Structural Engineering; 2215 Building and Construction; 2216 Architecture
Internal identifierROC 19-20
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)70
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ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 12-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.568
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