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Defects in newly constructed residential buildings: owners’ perspective
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8745-7390
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, ISSN 2398-4708, Vol. 37, no 2, p. 163-185Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present defects reported by cooperative owners, and to determine the relationship between building characteristics, developer's/contractor's company size and defect type. Design/methodology/approach The analysis is based on defects reported by board members of cooperatives in Sweden through a survey questionnaire. The 1,563 questionnaires were posted by regular mail to the boards of cooperatives for buildings. The current research presents results from analysis of responses from 394 regular residential projects constructed between 2006 and 2013. The responses represent owners' experience from a total 1,107 buildings. Findings Findings presented in this study indicate that building quality might be one of the factors contributing to the energy gap. The analysis indicates that the most severe problems reported by cooperatives are issues related to building envelope, particularly shortcomings in the function of windows, issues related to the function of the balcony and cracks in the facade and leakage caused by rain water. The results show that the building quality differs depending on developers' size, measured by number of employees. The authors have also found a significant relationship between reported defects and location expressed by size of the city/municipality. Originality/value The discussion on newly constructed residential buildings has been dominated by the perspective of professionals (inspectors) and contractors (or developers) rather than of the owners/users themselves. This study presents findings from the owners' perspective, thus contributing the owners' viewpoint to the debate on building quality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. Vol. 37, no 2, p. 163-185
Keywords [en]
Quality, User, Owner, Defects, Residential buildings
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-243865DOI: 10.1108/IJBPA-09-2018-0077ISI: 000462601400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85062465822OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-243865DiVA, id: diva2:1286848
Projects
Post-occupancy assessment and effective commissioning process for low energy multifamily housing: assuring energy-efficiency and environmental values during use and operation.
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Swedish Energy Agency, 37518-1
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QC 20190418

Available from: 2019-02-08 Created: 2019-02-08 Last updated: 2019-04-26Bibliographically approved

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