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An Evaluation of the Life-Cycle Resilience and Sustainability of Reinforced Concrete Structures with Thermal-Mass Shear Walls (KEY IJP************570)
Considering the significant economic, social, and environmental repercussions of earthquakes, there is a growing recognition of the need for an integrated framework for life-cycle seismic performance evaluation of buildings. This study proposes a comprehensive approach for assessing the seismic resistance and sustainability of reinforced concrete buildings across their entire life cycle. The earthquake's life-cycle costs and direct and indirect impacts are assessed in terms of asset loss, time loss, human loss based on the number of casualties and fatalities, environmental damage based on greenhouse gas emissions, and energy consumption. To quantify the life-cycle losses, the FEMA approach for intensity-based and time-based loss analysis, economic input-output life-cycle assessment, and whole-building energy analysis of Energy Plus are applied. The framework is used for commercial reinforced concrete structures that have and do not have shear walls. The results reveal that RC shear walls may greatly increase resilience by lowering monetary loss and downtime while also improving interior air temperature variation and lowering energy consumption.