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Service life planning and performance requirements
Center for Built Environment, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
Center for Built Environment, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
2005 (English)In: Building Research & Information, ISSN 0961-3218, E-ISSN 1466-4321, Vol. 33, no 2, 173-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Service life planning comprises a model for the determination of a reasonable expected service life for buildings and components, and it establishes a routine for the assessment of design alternatives. A design option is considered reasonable when it meets or exceeds performance requirements over time that have been drawn up specifically for the specific project. Due to this assessment reference, there is a very evident link to the concept of performance-based building. Any stakeholder involved in the value chain or in the design process of the building, as well as regulators and building users, can express performance requirements. Identified requirements, both in relevance and in quality, will vary with the stakeholder and his/her perspective of interest. As building sector manufacturers develop most products with reference to standards rather than with reference to specific requirements, there is no direct link from user requirements to the product design. Instead, the building designer has the responsibility to ensure performance requirements are met by the performance of products integrated into the design. As these design decisions also have to be made at the material and component level, a performance-based building would benefit from an established rationale that enables the communication of performance requirements across the relevant system levels in the relevant design processes. A path for the connection of the established concepts of service life planning and performance-based building is presented. The aim is to identify key elements that need to be developed for the successful linkage of performance-based building with service life planning.

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2005. Vol. 33, no 2, 173-181 p.
Keyword [en]
Performance requirements, Performance-based building, Service life planning, System levels
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Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52916DOI: 10.1080/0961321042000323806ISI: 000226584600008OAI: diva2:468230
QC 20111221Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2011-12-21Bibliographically approved

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