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Maintenance factors in building design

Aris, Rozita (2006) Maintenance factors in building design. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Civil Engineering.

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Abstract

The degree to which the design of a building embraces maintenance considerations has a major impact on its performance. In Malaysia for instance, most designers claimed to have knowledge and experience on building maintenance aspects but only few are aware of the importance to consider maintenance factors during design stage. A survey was carried out on 38 designer firms (architectural, civil & structural consultant firms) and 30 maintenance firms located in Shah Alam and Kuala Lumpur districts. The aim was to find out the building defects and other maintenance problems that are heavily attributed to design deficiencies, inadequate information gathering, material limitations and lack of maintenance knowledge. The data were analyzed using SPSS (Statistical Package of Social Sciences). Findings show that main problems that the maintenance firms are currently facing are caused by building design deficiencies, poor construction quality and poor performance of building which is directly related to functional layout, choice of building material and choice of building equipment. It appears that designer firms consider maintenance factors like ease of cleaning, access to cleaning area and repair and replacement to be the least important when designing buildings. Lack of communication between designer firms and maintenance firms as well as building users or owners resulted in designer firms not fully aware of the maintenance-related problems frequently reported by building owners. Designers seem to be neglecting the benefits of designing for ease of maintenance that can prolong the building lifespan, reduce defects rate and therefore reduce maintenance costs. Therefore, it is important for project team management to develop awareness and policy from the very early start of project to ensure the concept for ease of maintenance can be understood and implemented successfully in local construction practice.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Thesis (Master of Science (Construction Management) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2006; Supervisor : Ir. Dr. Rosli Mohamad Zin
Uncontrolled Keywords:building maintenance, building defects, designer firms, building construction, maintenance factors
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions:Civil Engineering
ID Code:5385
Deposited By: Ms Zalinda Shuratman
Deposited On:07 Apr 2008 03:23
Last Modified:03 Jul 2012 01:09

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