The Design Quality Manual: Improving Building Performance / Edition 1

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Everyone involved in a building project wants to achieve a better building but design quality means different things to clients, users, architects, cost consultants and contractors. Negotiating design priorities is an important part of the development process.

The Design Quality Manual helps give an objective evaluation of the qualitative aspects of design. Matrices with five defined levels of quality have been developed that cover the key areas of architecture, environmental engineering, user comfort conditions, whole-life costs, detail design and user satisfaction. These can be scored by a visual survey and professional judgement and then augmented by scientific measurement where possible (e.g. temperature, lighting and sound levels). The resultant scores allow comparisons in terms of overall and specific aspects of building performance and design quality.

The Manual covers schools, hospitals and housing and offers a set of criteria by which to judge a broad range of design values; it focuses the design team on the needs of the end user and on the overall building performance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405130882
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Cook is a senior researcher at the Building Research Establishment
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     ix
Abbreviations and acronyms     xi
Introduction     1
Overview of design quality and building performance     1
Building procurement systems     6
Chequered history of building procurement systems     6
Cultural context of building procurement systems - public v. private?     10
Architects and social status     11
Architecture: art, profession or commercial enterprise?     13
Client's changing needs and objectives     19
References     20
Building procurement     23
Evolution of the building industry and professionalism     23
Modern building procurement systems     24
Traditional building procurement     28
Variants of the traditional system     30
Design and build     32
Variants of design and build     34
Management contracting     35
Construction management     37
Design and manage     39
British Property Federation system     40
Project management     42
Professional development system     47
New Engineering Contract     49
Private Finance Initiative     49
Building procurement guidance     51
Chapter summary     53
References     57
Schools     61
Historical evolution of schools     61
The modern era of school building     65
Twentieth century schools     66
Twenty-first century schools     68
PFI schools in England and Wales - Introduction     70
PFI schools in England and Wales - Design Quality Matrices     72
PFI schools in England and Wales - Overall summary matrix     74
PFI schools in England and Wales - Architecture     77
PFI schools in England and Wales - Environmental engineering     80
PFI schools in England and Wales - User comfort     84
PFI schools in England and Wales - Whole life costs     87
PFI schools in England and Wales - Detail design     90
PFI schools in England and Wales - Conclusions     93
PFI schools in England and Wales - Recommendations     94
PFI schools in England and Wales - Summary     96
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Introduction     100
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Description of the project     102
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Design Quality Matrices     102
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Overall summary matrix     104
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Architecture     107
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Environmental engineering     110
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - User comfort     113
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Whole life costs     116
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Detail design     119
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - User satisfaction     122
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Conclusions     124
PFI schools in Northern Ireland- Recommendations     125
PFI schools in Northern Ireland - Summary     126
International case studies     129
Further international case studies     132
References     132
Hospitals     135
Historical evolution of hospitals     135
The modern era of hospital building     140
Twenty-first century hospitals     144
Benchmarking hospitals - Introducing a design quality method     147
Benchmarking hospitals - The Design Quality Matrices     148
Benchmarking hospitals - Architecture     150
Benchmarking hospitals - Environmental engineering     151
Benchmarking hospitals - User comfort     152
Benchmarking hospitals - Whole life costs     153
Benchmarking hospitals - Detail design     154
Benchmarking hospitals - User satisfaction     155
Benchmarking hospitals - Building aspects of clinical safety     156
Benchmarking hospitals - Recommendations     157
Environmental sustainability     158
International case studies     160
Further international case studies     163
Chapter summary     164
References     166
Housing     169
Historical evolution of housing     169
The modern era of housing     175
Twenty-first century housing     180
Benchmarking housing - Introduction     182
References     183
Bre's Design Quality Matrices     185
Index     193
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