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Publication date: 1 April 2006

Mohammad A. Hassanain and Ali Al‐Mudhei

The objectives of this paper are to identify and rate the importance levels of the factors that may affect business continuity during partial renovation of office…

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Purpose

The objectives of this paper are to identify and rate the importance levels of the factors that may affect business continuity during partial renovation of office buildings while being occupied. The paper also proposes a checklist of measures to carry out in order to reduce the impact of renovation works on business continuity.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors have analyzed the published literature for the purpose of reviewing the reasons for renovating the workplace, and aspects of planning and scheduling renovation works in occupied facilities. A sum of 24 elements that may affect business continuity during partial renovations of open‐plan office buildings while being occupied were identified. These factors were classified under four categories, including functional, technical, behavioral, and management practice factors. The authors then developed a questionnaire to rate users' perception of importance to each of the identified 24 elements and conducted a survey to evaluate the importance of these elements on business continuity in two office buildings.

Findings

The importance levels of each of the elements were analyzed and reported. The authors also developed a checklist of measures to carry out to reduce the impact of renovation works on business continuity in office buildings.

Originality/value

Facilities during their life cycle may be renovated to restore or upgrade the functionality of their building elements, or to suit a new function. Renovation works could negatively affect businesses continuity and decrease levels of productivity due to their impact of the technical systems in the building, and the time spent on relocating employees to temporary facilities until the renovations are completed. However, in some cases renovation works could be performed without the need for relocating employees, or the business to be stopped. The paper provides a practical value to building owners and facility managers intending to undertake renovation works during the life cycle of their buildings.

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Journal of Corporate Real Estate, vol. 8 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-001X

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Publication date: 1 September 2019

H Jing, L. Zhimin and S. Ying

Renovation philosophy and residential construction mode are key problems encountered in the renovation of urban villages in China. Existing research fruits on renovation

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Renovation philosophy and residential construction mode are key problems encountered in the renovation of urban villages in China. Existing research fruits on renovation philosophy, and policies consider fairness and efficiency and cover-sharing research consensus. However, research on residential construction mode in renovation still faces challenges, such as weak relevant policy pertinence, insufficient objective references, and poor universality. In this study, the changes of the architectural spaces of a typical urban village community in Xi'an City from the beginning to the end of the renovation were discussed. The space requirements of different user groups were analyzed and summarized, and then adapted to the different types of building spaces. In addition, the residential construction model applicable to the inclusive renovation philosophy was established. Research results corroborated that the renovation of urban village should refer to its functional orientations in the community. The community-centered renovation residential district should also meet the requirements of different user groups in the community, including residential, living, and entertainment functions. Community-subcentered residential district should meet the space demands of residential and living functions. Community-subordinated residential district meets space demands of internal residents for residential and living. Moreover, residential district space is relieved by combining practical and certain spatial factors. In this research, the building space compositions of different user groups were reviewed and refined in the “bottom-up” pattern. Research conclusions provide design references for the practical renovation of urban villages.

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Open House International, vol. 44 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0168-2601

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Publication date: 4 November 2013

Birgit Risholt, Elisabeth Waernes, Berit Time and Anne Grete Hestnes

The purpose of this paper is to gain knowledge on the renovation status for Norwegian dwellings that can be used to design attractive energy efficiency measures. Norwegian…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to gain knowledge on the renovation status for Norwegian dwellings that can be used to design attractive energy efficiency measures. Norwegian dwellings are exposed to a windy, cold and moist climate and the technical condition of existing dwellings depend on the owners priorities regarding maintenance and renovation. The paper focuses on the renovation status and technical condition of privately owned detached houses built in Norway in the 1980s constituting 10 per cent of the total Norwegian dwelling stock. These houses are high-energy spenders and are at a stage in their lifetime where major renovation such as new windows and ventilation system is expected.

Design/methodology/approach

The status for redecoration, maintenance and renovation as well as the technical condition of 91 dwellings are mapped and analysed.

Findings

An analysis of the empirical data identified four categories of houses when considering home upgrades and technical condition: the as built, the aesthetic, the well kept and the do it yourselves houses. There is no correlation between the observed technical condition and the home upgrade level for the houses in the study. Significant resources may have been used for redecoration and unskilled renovation while not dealing with the need for maintenance and repair.

Research limitations/implications

The knowledge on homeowner categories can be used to tailor policy instruments to accelerate energy efficiency rates for privately owned dwellings.

Originality/value

There are no previous studies on Norwegian private homeowners and the technical condition of their homes.

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Structural Survey, vol. 31 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-080X

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Publication date: 21 August 2007

Ahmed Hassanien

The purpose of this paper is to present an empirically‐based insight into the practice and perception of architects, interior designers and building contractors who make…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present an empirically‐based insight into the practice and perception of architects, interior designers and building contractors who make up the external parties involved in the hotel renovation process.

Design/methodology/approach

In the paper a survey is used to elicit and represent existing practices as well as external parties' perceptions regarding renovation as a product development tool in the hotel industry.

Findings

The paper reports findings of a survey conducted with external parties' firms in Egypt on the challenges of renovation in the hotel industry.

Practical implications

The paper shows that, from the interpretation of the data reflecting responses of the external parties' companies in Egypt, the analysis shows that “lack of money” and “limits by owners” are perceived by external companies to be the main obstacles to renovation in all hotel categories. Surprisingly, the training of the external parties did not include marketing and the majority were found to have a limited understanding of marketing concepts, such as new product development and innovation. All the external parties referred most frequently to their design being for “the client”, meaning the hotelier, however, rather than the hotel customer.

Originality/value

In the paper, implications for both external parties and hoteliers are offered.

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Property Management, vol. 25 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-7472

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Publication date: 1 January 2006

Ahmed Hassanien

This paper aims to explore the extent of the use of hotel renovation as a product development tool in the hospitality industry. It aims to gain an understanding of the…

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Purpose

This paper aims to explore the extent of the use of hotel renovation as a product development tool in the hospitality industry. It aims to gain an understanding of the nature of renovation within the context of large hotels.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach is a multiple case study of five star hotels in Egypt. A sample of nine hotels was selected.

Findings

The results reveal that Egyptian five star hotels use renovation to achieve different aims and goals. Surprisingly, the cases indicate that Egyptian five star hotels still use renovation as a reactive rather than proactive property management tool. The study suggests that renovation was found to be most successful in organisations that have clearly stated renovation strategies, a good relationship between the managing and owning companies, sufficient funds, and greater customer involvement.

Research limitations/implications

While the findings may be applicable to hotels other than five star and located in other parts of the world, further research would be required to conform this.

Practical implications

The paper will be useful to hotel groups, or those advising such clients who are considering renovation of luxury hotel accommodation.

Originality/value

Results are discussed in the context of theoretical and empirical work on renovation, and product development.

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Structural Survey, vol. 24 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-080X

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Publication date: 9 April 2018

Edoghogho Ogbeifun, Charles Mbohwa and Jan-Harm Christiaan Pretorius

All built facility begins to show signs of deterioration immediately after the facility is completed and put to use, thus necessitating routine maintenance. Increase in…

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Purpose

All built facility begins to show signs of deterioration immediately after the facility is completed and put to use, thus necessitating routine maintenance. Increase in defects due to age, usage, and other factors, requires extensive maintenance activities known as renovation. The data used for a typical renovation plan can be collected using the condition assessment (CA) tool which depends on physical inspection of the defects or through a facility condition index which hinges on harnessing and analyzing the information in the operational history of the facility. The purpose of this paper is to examine the quality of a typical renovation plan using both tools.

Design/methodology/approach

The single case study of qualitative research was adopted. The data were collected through the principle of semi-structured questionnaire complemented with interviews and document analysis. The documents include periodic operational reports and a CA report used for planned renovation exercise of the Facilities Management (FM) Unit in a higher education institution in South Africa.

Findings

The findings revealed that although the FM Unit produces periodic reports, but there was no evidence of detailed analysis of the reports. Therefore, the programmed renovation exercises are based purely on the information from a CA.

Research limitations/implications

This research is a single site case study of qualitative research; the data collected are limited and not sufficient for generalization of the results. Furthermore, the lack of record of the analysis of the operational history in the periodic reports negatively affected the computation of facilities condition index (FCI). Thus it was not possible to demonstrate the strength of FCI over CA from empirical information.

Originality/value

The quality of a typical renovation plan is influenced by the tool used for data collection. Although the CA tool is commonly used, experience shows that the renovation exercise developed from such records is prone to many execution setbacks, such as frequent scope changes and the associated cost and time overruns. These setbacks can be minimized if the FCI is used as the tool for data collection.

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International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, vol. 36 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2398-4708

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Publication date: 11 May 2015

Navid Gohardani, Tord Af Klintberg and Folke Björk

– The purpose of this paper is to promote energy saving measures concurrent with major planned renovation/refurbishment in residential buildings.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to promote energy saving measures concurrent with major planned renovation/refurbishment in residential buildings.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology comprises of case studies, in which the influence of various factors is identified on the overall decision making related to building renovation/refurbishment.

Findings

The employed operational decision support process enables energy saving opportunities for residential buildings in conjunction with planned major renovations/refurbishments.

Research limitations/implications

The research scope is confined to residential buildings in Sweden and cooperatives with tenants as the owners and governors.

Practical implications

A novel approach to synergistic energy saving and renovation in residential buildings is exhibited.

Social implications

The paper presents an altered viewpoint of energy renovation means for residential buildings in the built environment.

Originality/value

The paper presents a novel approach for building owners to renovate a building in terms of improved performance, energy efficiency and indoor comfort in combination with planned renovations/refurbishments.

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Publication date: 7 September 2012

Juha Haakana, Jukka Lassila, Tero Kaipia, Jarmo Partanen, Juha Lohjala and Hanna Niemelä

Underground cabling has become a true alternative in construction of electricity distribution networks, even in rural areas. The increasing amount of underground…

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Purpose

Underground cabling has become a true alternative in construction of electricity distribution networks, even in rural areas. The increasing amount of underground installations requires strategic work that helps to define the most profitable cabling targets. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a methodology to consider the underground cabling process.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper proposes a cabling concept that covers the issues on how cabling should be carried out. The analysis is based on techno‐economic and reliability analyses. The methodology consists of several steps that together constitute the concept.

Findings

The underground cabling concept comprises several steps that can be simplified into questions: where, what, when and how the network cabling process is carried out. The analysis of these questions and the related features of the network show that different approaches to the renovation can cause significant differences in profitability between the renovation strategies.

Research limitations/implications

The underground cabling concept provides a method to analyse the cabling process, and it contains several alternatives for applying the concept. Thus, the applicability of a certain method depends on the network and the objectives of the distribution system operator.

Practical implications

Renovation planning of the network has become common in distribution companies. Traditionally, ageing of the network has been the driver for the renovation. However, in the future, the scope of renovation planning should also include other renovation drivers, such as reliability.

Originality/value

The methodology proposed in the paper can be applied in the renovation and development process of distribution networks. The results are universal in the electricity distribution.

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International Journal of Energy Sector Management, vol. 6 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-6220

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Publication date: 1 June 2010

Erwin Mlecnik

More significant reductions in residential primary energy consumption and in space heating in particular, can contribute to achieving climate change and energy efficiency…

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More significant reductions in residential primary energy consumption and in space heating in particular, can contribute to achieving climate change and energy efficiency objectives. Project information from demonstration projects is now becoming available for highly energy-efficient renovation concepts.

The goal of this research is to understand how owner-occupants can be persuaded to apply far-reaching energy-saving renovations of single-family houses. To this end, the research examines drivers and barriers of owners to adopt highly energy-efficient renovation concepts. Theory on decision processes in innovation diffusion is used, in order to examine the adoption of integrated concepts to achieve high energy performance. Belgian case studies (different building typologies) were examined. Adoption drivers and barriers perceived by owner-occupants are analysed. This leads to improved understanding of characteristics that can persuade future adopters. Possible measures are discussed to overcome barriers in the introduction phase of innovation diffusion, and are illustrated more in detail with a case study. The research shows that especially expectations of improved comfort provide an opportunity for the market entry of integrated concepts. Owners, architects and contractors could benefit from increased attractiveness, competitiveness, affordability and availability of highly energy-efficient renovations. Holistic approaches (stronger coordination and clustered renovation concepts), higher skill competence (education) and improved communication (actor networks, significant economic incentives) are recommended.

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Open House International, vol. 35 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0168-2601

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Publication date: 11 April 2016

Linus Malmgren, Stefan Elfborg and Kristina Mjörnell

Building owners are encouraged to reduce the energy consumption both in order to contribute to national energy saving goals and to reduce the costs of heating and…

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Purpose

Building owners are encouraged to reduce the energy consumption both in order to contribute to national energy saving goals and to reduce the costs of heating and operation of buildings. However, it is important to pursue the most optimal strategy to achieve cost-effective energy use while maintaining other values. Building managers often do not have the time or expertise to make a proper evaluation of the available options, hence there is a need for practical methodologies for evaluation of renovation alternatives. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

Renobuild, a systematic approach for evaluating renovation alternatives based on sustainability criteria are under development. It aims to compare renovation alternatives from an environmental, economic and social perspective. To verify the methodology it has been used to evaluate different renovation alternatives for a multi-family apartment building in Sweden.

Findings

The study showed that building managers are provided with a clear comparison between different renovation alternatives from a sustainability perspective. Using Renobuild or similar methodologies may highlight renovation measures which marginally increases the investments, but can lead to significant environmental and social benefits.

Research limitations/implications

So far the methodology has only been tested on a limited number of buildings in Sweden. More buildings will need to be tested for further verification.

Originality/value

Not many tools or methodologies exist which address several aspects of sustainability. Renobuild is a practical methodology that can help building owners to increase focus on sustainability.

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Structural Survey, vol. 34 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-080X

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