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Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Environmental Conservation

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded


First Advisor

Simi T. Hoque

Second Advisor

Benjamin S. Weil

Third Advisor

Robert L. Ryan

Subject Categories

Construction Engineering and Management | Environmental Engineering | Urban, Community and Regional Planning


A number of tools are available today for simulating different aspects of urban activity, but these efforts are fragmented and do not effectively reflect the interrelationships between very diverse groups of urban sectors and resource flows. There is a critical need for robust and reliable urban metabolism analysis tools that integrate socio-economic elements of urbanization and physicality of the built environment into evaluating sustainability in cities.

This dissertation outlines the development of an Integrated Urban Metabolism Analysis Tool (IUMAT) that dynamically measures the environmental impacts of land cover, transportation, and consumption of energy, water and materials employing a holistic framework. It includes examination of the existing scholarship on urban metabolism as well as description of the calculative framework for IUMAT. The scope of work is establishment of the Residential Energy Model that would serve as a template for the larger Energy, Water and Materials (EWM) Model. The EWM model takes a bottom-up approach to generate spatial resource demand profiles based on building and neighborhood characteristics. Finally, Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) 2009 data is used to explain how the proposed framework makes use of actual data to find determinants of resources’ demand and unravel correlations between environmental consequences and myriad of urban variables. Quantile regression is explored as a robust method for large-scale energy modeling that is a prototype for resource use projection within other urban sectors.