07 Apr Andrew McCoy wins Journal of Architectural Engineering best article award

A studio portrait of Andrew McCoy holding an antique teacher's bell.

Andrew McCoy, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, with a family heirloom teachers’ bell.

Andrew McCoy’s journal article “Resilient Built Environment: New Framework for Assessing the Residential Construction Market” has been selected as the Best Journal Article of 2015 in the Journal of Architectural Engineering. The award was announced at the during the Architectural Engineering Institute’s forum April 1, during the awards banquet.

McCoy’s article abstract:
The U.S. has a long- term goal to reduce 50% of energy usage in buildings based on 2010 consumption levels. Energy efficiency is often measured by laboratory experiments or computational simulation. Thus, there is little to no quantifiable evidence showing the extent of energy efficiency homes can achieve within the larger context of green building standards. The objective of this research is to identify actual home energy performance as an effect of green building technologies through comparing energy use from real-world observations and energy modeling. Findings indicate a significant reduction of energy consumption at 43.7% per unit or 43.4% per square foot (i.e., 0.093 m2) and substantial financial savings at $628.4 per unit or $0.80 per square foot (i.e., $8.6 per m2) annually. Savings account for 2% of median annual household income or 46% of energy cost expenditures for an American home. Findings also identify the construction type as a significant factor yet building technology is not the only factor influencing a home’s energy efficiency. This research addresses key policy issues related to Energy Efficiency (EE), affordable housing, and the sustainable environment.

About Andrew McCoy:
Andrew Patton McCoy, Ph.D. is the Preston and Catharine White Endowed Fellow and Associate Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction (MLSoC) and the Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) at Virginia Tech. He lives in Southwest Virginia with his wife and two daughters.
When not with his family, he is Associate Professor of Building Construction in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, a joint venture of the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies which focuses on inter-disciplinary, multi-departmental (Building Construction, Vecellio Construction Engineering & Management graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Construction Engineering undergraduate program) outreach, research and education. The School serves the full life-cycle and supply chain across all sectors of the Industry.