Construction

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Current Material Selection Overview
A survey which conducted to investigate the criteria of the selection of construction material from the perspectives of architect, builder, engineer, product manufactures,etc. The participants of the survey included the following categories of professionals: Architects: 48%; General Contractors and Builders: 4%; Engineers: 12% including engineering consultancy firms; and Others-36% including Materials Specifiers and Quantity Surveyors, Product Manufacturing consultancy, Green building Proponents, Program Designers, Green Building/net-zero Consultants and researchers . The distribution of the survey tool across the USA, UK, and China was based on their geographic variations. The result of the analysis showed that the majority of users rarely consider the relevant factors when selecting building materials or products. Over half of respondents showed that they selected material only based on the previous experiences or individual preferences. Besides, the survey assessed the views of targeted experts of various disciplines and geographical settings, to the likelihood of the impacts of other potential factors involved in making strategic decisions during material-selection. 96% identified “Environmental and Health factors or Buildings variables” as the most desirable content information for enabling effective and sustainable decisions in selecting appropriate materials. There was a tie between two categories of factors as 84% of the sample population went for both “Technical factors or variables” and “Economic or Cost variables”. The results showed that the conventional project priority of environmental and health quality or performance of materials or products is still held by many practitioners.

A survey of North American (Canadian and US) specifiers (architects and structural engineers) of structural materials in non-residential…...

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