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Establishing and weighting decision criteria for building system selection in housing construction

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posted on 10.06.2015 by Wei Pan, Andrew Dainty, Alistair Gibb
A lack of value-based decision criteria leads to an inability to effectively compare prefabrication and off-site production with conventional construction, which inhibits the realization of benefits of off-site approaches. This paper develops value-based decision criteria and quantifies their relative importance for assessing building technologies systematically. The research employed a multimethodological strategy within a broad case-study-based design, with six large house-building organizations in the United Kingdom. These companies together accounted for more than one-tenth of new-build home completions in the United Kingdom. More than 50 criteria were developed, grouped under cost, time, quality, health and safety, sustainability, process, procurement, and regulatory and statutory acceptance. Cost was ranked most important, which, coupled with time and quality, predominated technology selection in these companies. Sustainability, process, and procurement were weighted lower, whereas health and safety and regulatory and statutory acceptance were deemed compulsory, hence offering no trade-off opportunity. A lack of incorporating innovative sustainable technology into corporate strategy was observed. The developed criteria and the systematic process should help house-building organizations manage technological innovation and hopefully achieve more informed corporate decisions.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT-ASCE

Volume

138

Issue

11

Pages

1239 - 1250 (12)

Citation

PAN, W., DAINTY, A. and GIBB, A., 2012. Establishing and weighting decision criteria for building system selection in housing construction. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138 (11), pp. 1239 - 1250.

Publisher

© American Society of Civil Engineers

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2012

Notes

This article was published in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management [© ASCE] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000543

ISSN

0733-9364

Language

en

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