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Reliability in the whole life cycle of building systems

Shaomin Wu (School of Construction Management and Engineering, The University of Reading, Reading, UK)
Derek Clements‐Croome (School of Construction Management and Engineering, The University of Reading, Reading, UK)
Vic Fairey (Dytecna Ltd, Chessington, UK)
Bob Albany (EMCOR Group (UK) plc, London, UK)
Jogi Sidhu (Quorum Logistic Support Ltd, Telford, UK)
Duncan Desmond (Quorum Logistic Support Ltd, Telford, UK, and)
Keith Neale (Dytecna Ltd, Chessington, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 March 2006

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to show that reliability analysis and its implementation will lead to an improved whole life performance of the building systems, and hence their life cycle costs (LCC).

Design/methodology/approach

This paper analyses reliability impacts on the whole life cycle of building systems, and reviews the up‐to‐date approaches adopted in UK construction, based on questionnaires designed to investigate the use of reliability within the industry.

Findings

Approaches to reliability design and maintainability design have been introduced from the operating environment level, system structural level and component level, and a scheduled maintenance logic tree is modified based on the model developed by Pride. Different stages of the whole life cycle of building services systems, reliability‐associated factors should be considered to ensure the system's whole life performance. It is suggested that data analysis should be applied in reliability design, maintainability design, and maintenance policy development.

Originality/value

The paper presents important factors in different stages of the whole life cycle of the systems, and reliability and maintainability design approaches which can be helpful for building services system designers. The survey from the questionnaires provides the designers with understanding of key impacting factors.

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Citation

Wu, S., Clements‐Croome, D., Fairey, V., Albany, B., Sidhu, J., Desmond, D. and Neale, K. (2006), "Reliability in the whole life cycle of building systems", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 136-153. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699980610659607

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2006, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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