The Extent to Which the Recent Economic Recession Has Affected Peoples’ Ability and Desire to Carry Out Planned Maintenance Schedules to Their Buildings

Topics: Construction, Building, Preventive maintenance Pages: 55 (17002 words) Published: September 9, 2013
UNDERGRADUATE DISSERTATION School of the Built Environment

THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE RECENT ECONOMIC RECESSION HAS AFFECTED PEOPLES’ ABILITY AND DESIRE TO CARRY OUT PLANNED MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES TO THEIR BUILDINGS

Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Building Surveying

by

David Alexander Hughes
070787096

Dissertation supervisor: Alan Forster

April 2011
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DECLARATION

I David Hughes, confirm that this work submitted for assessment is my own and is expressed in my own words. Any uses made within it of the works of other authors in any form (e.g. ideas, equations, figures, text, tables, programmes) are properly acknowledged at the point of their use. A full list of the references employed has been included.

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Date: ……………………………….

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Table of Contents

1.0
1.1 1.2

General Introduction
Introduction Significance of the study

1 1 2 2 3 3

1.2.1 Research Goal 1.2.2 Objectives 1.3 Outline Methodology

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2.1 2.2 2.3

Literature Review
Introduction Nature and Importance of Planned Building Maintenance Masonry – The main causes behind its failure and factors contributing to it

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6 6 8 10 11 11 12 14 17

2.3.1 Conclusion 2.4 Cost factors of Planned Maintenance

2.4.1 Introduction 2.4.2 Cost barriers to maintenance 2.4.3 Incentives for maintenance 2.4.4 Conclusion

3.0
3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5

Formulation of Research and Methodology
Scope of the chapter Overall research aim Research Questionnaire and Telephone Interview The research sample Research Limitations

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18 18 19 21 22

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4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5

Research findings and detailed analysis
Scope of the chapter Aims of questionnaire and telephone interview Detailed findings Questionnaire results Telephone interview results

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23 23 23 24 30

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5.1 5.2

Discussion and Interpretation of data
Scope of the Chapter Validation of research goals

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Conclusions and Recommendations

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6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5

Research aim Validation of objectives Validation of hypothesis Limitations of the research Recommendations for further study

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References

Appendices

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List of Figures and Tables

Figures
Fig 1. SCOTCROSS: Age of buildings in relation to falling masonry

Fig 2. Question 2 of questionnaire: Importance of building maintenance

Fig 3. Question 7 of questionnaire: Economic recession

Tables

Table 1. Response to interview & questionnaire requests

Table 2. Question 6 of questionnaire: Property Attributes

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Abstract
The recent worldwide economic recession has had an impact on a large scale, across many industries. It caused the construction sector to contract at its fastest speed since the beginning of records being taken. Building maintenance contractors have been badly hit as a result of the recession, losing money due to having to lower tender costs just to obtain jobs. The need to address building maintenance issues has been stressed by professionals within the industry, including coming up with ways to incentivize people to carry out planned maintenance to their buildings. The recession has indeed impacted on many people‟s disposable incomes, much to the point where they are disinterested and unaware in the benefits of carrying out maintenance.

In order to establish ways in which these issues can be addressed, it is important to investigate what has and what can be done to improve peoples‟ attitudes towards planned building maintenance. The aim of this thesis is to investigate to what the extent the economic recession has affected peoples‟ attitudes towards planned maintenance, and discover the underlying feeling from industry professionals and homeowners alike. It aims to bring to light the importance of planned building maintenance and the various benefits which it can bring to those who choose to carry it out. This is in order to look after...

References: University of the West of England (2003), Maintaining Value, University of the West of England 9in association with Arup Research and Development and De Montfort Expertise Ltd), Bristol

Wood, B. (2005) Towards innovative building maintenance. Structural Survey, Vol.23 No. , p291-297
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