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Addressing uncertainties about timber housing by whole life costing
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
2007 (English)In: Proceedings of 4th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation: Development Processes in Construction Management / [ed] Brian Atkin; Jan Borgbrant, Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2007, 249-258 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Increased cost and declining quality has resulted in a growing interest in industrialised construction. During the last twelve years around 20000 apartments have been built in Sweden using industrialized timber housing techniques. Still, potential clients and building owners are uncertain of long-term financial costs and functional performance of timber houses. The idea in this paper is to investigate if the use of whole life costing calculations might become a tool for addressing these uncertainties. For this purpose, a pilot interview study has been performed to obtain uncertainties expressed by Swedish building owners connected to multi-dwelling timber frame houses. In general, the results show that a tool must be able to handle not only economical factors but concurrently the effects of economical, technical, functional, cultural and human factors.

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Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2007. 249-258 p.
Research report / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1528 ; 2007:18
Research subject
Timber Structures
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-35744Local ID: a668dfa0-70b3-11dc-a60c-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1008998
Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organsiation : 14/06/2007 - 15/06/2007
Godkänd; 2007; 20071002 (erilev)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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