Accession Number : ADA321372

Title :   Environmental Knowledge Base.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 30 Sep 93-30 Sep 96.,

Corporate Author : STOTTLER HENKE ASSOCIATES INC BELMONT CA

Personal Author(s) : Stottler, Richard H.

PDF Url : ADA321372

Report Date : 06 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : This report describes the Environmental Knowledge Base (EnvKB) Phase II Project. It includes a description of the software, its user guide, marketing/distribution strategy, and the development process. The Environmental Knowledge Base provides architects and engineers with a comprehensive and easily accessible source of environmental information, in order to help them reduce the environmental impact of facility construction. Decisions about facility design, building materials, construction planing, and operation are currently based primarily on economic and in-place performance. Environmental factors such as energy and resource use, toxic by-products, indoor air quality, and waste products are often not considered in the current technical, pricing, or planning data used as the basis for these decisions. Environmental Knowledge Base, or EnvKB, is an interactive software system that aids in facility design, construction, and operations. EnvKB was funded by the U.S. Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EnvKB uses artificial intelligence technology to supplement standard decision-making processes in facility design, construction, and operations with current environmental data. EnvKB allows the user to enter specific parameters of a design or project, and to retrieve information relevant to that design or project in the form of Design Considerations and Case Studies.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, *ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, *CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, USER MANUALS, MARKETING, DECISION MAKING, STRATEGY, INTERACTIONS, PARAMETERS, FACILITIES, CASE STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, WASTES, AIR QUALITY, ARCHITECTS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Computer Programming and Software
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE