A Comparative Analysis of Conventional Buildings and Green Buildings: Energy Conservation Strategies and their Impact on Indoor and Ambient Air Quality

Harold Rickenbacker

University of Pittsburgh

Harold Rickenbacker is a 4th year PhD Student in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Harold's graduate research focuses on indoor and ambient air quality analysis, working to uncover relationships between air pollution and quality of life in both the residential and commercial sectors. Harold does substantial research in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts; through life cycle assessment based models linking energy conservation strategies to avoided GHG emissions at the city-scale. Harold has interned previously with the Department of Energy and the URS corporation on one their major demolition projects in OakRidge, TN. Through his work Harold has experience in hazardous waste exposure and transport modeling. Harold has also interned with SPAWAR Atlantic Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, SC, where he received training in computer-aided design and project management.


The building sector accounts for the largest total energy use in the United States (USDOE 2016), and adds about 110,000 new structures per year (EIA 2008). By 2035, an estimated seventy-five percent of the built environment... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Harold Rickenbacker (University of Pittsburgh)
  2. William Overton Collinge (University of Pittsburgh)
  3. Vaclav Hasik (University of Pittsburgh)
  4. Melissa M. Bilec (University of Pittsburgh)

Topic Areas

• Life cycle sustainability assessment , • Sustainable energy systems , • Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure


ThS-3 » Sustainable Built Environment 2 (08:30 - Thursday, 29th June, Room F)

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