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Description - The Design Quality and Building Performance by Martin Cook

Design quality often seems intangible as it represents a melding of the art and science of architecture. Clients invariably use the criteria of time, cost, and quality as a strategic framework for their building projects - they tend to want the highest quality in the shortest time and at the lowest cost. The Building Research Establishment's Design Quality Method rates buildings against subjective (e. g. external appearance) and more objective (e. g. accoustics) performance by using a rating matrix. Five defined levels of quality cover the key areas of design and quality - architecture; environmental services; user comfort conditions; whole life costing; and detailed design. These can be scored by a visual survey and professional judgement 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 design quality.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405130882
ISBN-10: 1405130881
Format: Hardback
(307mm x 216mm x 17mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Cook

Martin Cook is a senior researcher at the Building Research Establishment