Building Technology Forecast and Evaluation (BTFE). Volume 1. Development and Application of a Prototype BTFE Cycle
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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This report describes a prototype building technology forecast and evaluation BTFE cycle that consists of four discrete components 1 forecast or identification of promising technologies, 2 impact assessment i.e., applicability to USACE, 3 prioritization, and 4 detailed evaluation. This method provides a standard, systematic protocol for assessing a technology very carefully in terms of its usefulness to MCA, allowing USACE to take a smart buyer approach. The BTFE cycle developed in this study is intended to be used at the building systems scale as opposed to the materials engineering or products scale. The prototype BTFE cycle was used in a verification exercise to identify 21 technologies with potential application to USACE. After evaluating these technologies in more detail, two emerged as the most promising candidates. Volume I of this report describes the development and initial implementation of the BTFE cycle.
- Civil Engineering
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology