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dc.contributor.advisor Nassar, Khaled Fathy, Amr Mostafa Hussein 2015-02-17T08:03:15Z 2015-02-17T22:00:11Z 2014 Fall en_US 2015-02-17
dc.description.abstract Efforts have been made to minimize the cost of affordable housing through modular construction, prefabrication, economies of scale and low cost materials. However, there is a gap in the literature regarding the integration of the varying sizes of the units with design optimization to mutually benefit developers and potential residents of affordable homes. This research introduces an optimization model to integrate optimization with ranges of units’ dimensions. The model proposed exploits the variations in the reinforced concrete cost versus area through applying several scenarios. Available options are tailored to optimize the reinforced concrete floor cost of housing units through varying the dimensions of the rooms. In addition to this objective, the thesis investigates the sensitivity of selected parameters on the model output. Through these objectives, the model is able to optimize housing units within a specified budget to result in layouts with varying areas where the model would recommend the layout with the least reinforced concrete cost per m2 within the budget range. In addition, it optimizes housing units within a specified area range to result in layouts with varying cost where the model would recommend the layout with the least reinforced concrete cost per m2 in the selected area range. The model has been applied on 2 case studies where it showed promising results. The research was able to optimize the cost for a given area or increase the area for a given cost. For example, it was able to decrease the cost by 15% for the same area. These percentages are based on the selected examples. Different savings may be achieved with other layouts. However, this is dependent largely on the initial design and dimensions of the unit. en_US
dc.format.extent 148 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject affordable housing en_US
dc.subject low-income housing en_US
dc.subject reinforced concrete optimization en_US
dc.subject concrete strength sensitivity en_US
dc.subject middle-income housing en_US
dc.subject genetic algorithms en_US
dc.subject cost optimization en_US
dc.subject optimization of architectural layouts en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.S.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Housing -- United States.
dc.subject.lcsh Housing -- Australia.
dc.subject.lcsh Housing -- Egypt.
dc.title Optimum design of RC affordable housing en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Construction Engineering en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Construction and Architectural Engineering en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval is not necessary for this item, since the research is not concerned with living human beings or bodily tissue samples. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Hosny, Ossama
dc.contributor.committeeMember Safar, Sherif
dc.contributor.committeeMember Abdelrahman, Ali
dc.contributor.committeeMember Yazeed, Ezzeldin

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