Buildability as a tool for optimisation of building defects

Jørgen Nielsen, Ernst Jan de Place Hansen, Niels-Jørgen Aagaard

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Defects in buildings harm the reputation of the construction industry and the amount of defects is believed to represent a loss in economy. The purpose is to study whether the buildability concept could serve as an efficient tool for reduction of defects. The project includes a literature study and the development of a technical-probabilistic perspective on the building process in which an optimal amount of defects exists. Three levels of risk are defined as a basis for proposing strategies and rules for evaluation of risk of defects. It is concluded that a dynamic and flexible approach is needed, because different rules apply to different situations during the building period and because the economic potentials in better planning and in savings by a reduction of defects are different for different types of buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIB Joint International Symposium 2009 : Construction facing worldwide challenges
EditorsAnita Ceric, Mladen Radujkovic
PublisherFaculty of Civil Engineerging, University of Zagreb
Publication date2009
ISBN (Electronic)978-953-6272-35-8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventCIB Joint International Symposiujm 2009, Construction facing worldwide challenges - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 27 Sep 200930 Sep 2009


ConferenceCIB Joint International Symposiujm 2009, Construction facing worldwide challenges


  • Buildability
  • Buildings
  • Defects
  • Risk


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