When assessing the potential benefits of using any new technology, it is essential that appropriate performance criteria are used and comparisons are made with the alternatives available. This paper reports on the development of criteria to help inform the process of deciding whether or not to adopt hybrid concrete construction (HCC) technology rather than more traditional alternatives. Following a thorough review of literature to identify a range of HCC performance criteria, their perceived importance was investigated via an opinion survey of experienced UK‐based practitioners. The result of the analysis revealed that all criteria identified through literature were considered important, with “physical form and space” of a building, “meeting perceived needs” and “construction cost and safety” being the more important performance criteria influencing the selection of an appropriate structural frame. This paper describes the potential practical application of these criteria to assist the early structural frame decision‐making process.
Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2004
Keywords: Performance criteria; Design and development; Concretes