BUILDINGS MAINTENANCE COST

BUILDINGS MAINTENANCE COST


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1.1 BACKGROUND

Building maintenance is a major activity in most countries. Any reduction in resources applied to building maintenance will have a visible effect on the economy.

Few years ago, a rapid growth of housing construction clearly appears as a part of the country development. The number of modern houses increases and more houses are being constructed. As a result, more maintenance work is required in order to cope with this type of construction.

Due to the growth of housing with the lack of building Standards, more maintenance, rehabilitation, and renovation work have become necessary to ensure the serviceability and safety of the constructed houses. In addition, the existing houses need to be sustained as long as possible. Therefore, ways must be found to reduce the maintenance cost works due to ageing of the buildings while keeping the same quality.

Building maintenance is seriously neglected area of research and study. Few schools of architecture or building include it in their curriculum and only recently has work commenced on the research and development in this subject.

Few building owners regard planned maintenance as a matter for serious concern, and yet cannot afford to allow buildings, old or new, to decay through neglect. As it is clearly impractical and even undesirable to replace building, whether as owners, designers, constructors, or users should take a serious interest in this vast problem of building maintenance.

1.2 BUILDING MAINTENANCE OVERVIEW

Maintenance assists retaining economic life of buildings. Moreover, it is a productive activity both at the private and the national levels. At the private level, proper maintenance leads to lower depreciation costs (due to longer economic life) and consequently leads to higher profitability. While at the national level, proper maintenance leads to lower expenditures on replacement. Thus, allowing more expenditure on expansion into new productive investment (Ikhwan, 1996).

The Committee on Building Maintenance in British defined maintenance as: “Building Maintenance is the work undertaken in order to keep, restore or improve every facility, i.e. every part of a building, its services and surrounds to a currently acceptable standard, and to sustain the utility and value of the building”(Mills, 1980).

In addition, maintenance is defined in the British Standards (BS 3811:1974) as “A combination of any action carried out to retain an item in, or restore it to an acceptable condition” (Mills, 1980).

A more functional definition is that “Maintenance is synonymous with controlling the condition of a building so that its pattern lies within specified regions”. (Shear, 1983)

Moreover, building maintenance cost can be defined as the cost of any actions carried out to retain an item in, or restore it to an acceptable condition but excluding any improvements other than those necessitated by inability to replace obsolete materials or components (Seeley, 1976).

The objectives of building maintenance are therefore (Alner and Fellows, 1990):
• To ensure that buildings and their associated services are in a safe condition.
• To ensure that the buildings are fit for use.
• To ensure that the condition of the building meets all statutory requirements.
• To carry out the maintenance work necessary to maintain the value of the physical assets of the building stock.
• To carry out the work necessary to maintain the quality of the building.

Maintenance can be done in different stages. Each stage will have different characteristics. Liska defined those stages as follows:
• Planning and Design Stage: the planning and designing of the facility should be based on the identified function and be as maintenance free as possible. In this stage a lot of money can be saved with the proper plan and design. For this reason, the building manager and maintenance personnel should be consulted during the early stages of the building design.
• Construction Stage: in order to achieve minimum level of maintenance during the building life, work performed during the construction phase must be done with the highest quality in term of workmanship. As a result, expert contractor should be selected to perform the project.
• Maintenance Stage: in this stage, maintenance is performed after the building has been constructed and occupied.

1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE RESEARCH

The main objectives of this research are as follows:
• To study and analyze the concept of building maintenance.
• To study the main factors affecting the building maintenance cost.
• To study some ways that help in managing building maintenance.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2
LIST OF FIGURES 5
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION 6
1.1 BACKGROUND 6
1.2 BUILDING MAINTENANCE OVERVIEW 7
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE RESEARCH 10
1.4 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 10
1.5 LITERATURE REVIEW 11
CHAPTER TWO: BUILDING MAINTENANCE COST CONCEPT 14
2.1 CLASSIFYING MAINTENANCE COST 14
2.2 CONTROLLING MAINTENANCE COST 18
2.3 DECISION INCURRING MAINTENANCE EXPENDITURE 21
2.4 INEFFECTIVE MAINTENANCE COST 24
2.5 FORMS OF MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS 25
2.6 RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DESIGN AND BUILDING MAINTENANCE 28
2.7 RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MAINTENANCE 30
CHAPTER THREE: BUILDING MAINTENANCE COST’S FACTORS 31
3.1 ENGINEERING SERVICES 31
3.1.1 Design Complexity 31
3.1.2 Faulty Design 32
3.1.3 Low Concern to Future Maintenance 32
3.1.4 Life Cycle Cost Techniques (LCC) 33
3.1.5 Poor Quality Control 34
3.1.6 Unfamiliarity with Maintenance Methods 34
3.1.7 Unfamiliarity with Local Conditions 35
3.1.8 Unfamiliarity with Site Conditions 35
3.1.9 Failure to Identify the True Cause of Defect 35
3.2 LABORS 36
3.2.1 Unavailability of Skilled Labors 36
3.2.2 Defects and faulty workmanship in the initial construction 36
3.2.3 Unfamiliarity of the Foreign Labors to Culture 36
3.2.4 Uneducated Labors 37
3.3 BUILDING MATERIALS 38
3.3.1 Materials Selection Does Not Comply with Client’s Activities 38
3.3.2 Ignorance about the Basic Physical and Chemical Properties of Materials 38
3.3.3 Usage of Cheaper/ Sub- Standard Materials 39
3.3.4 Usage of New Materials with little behavior’s information 39
3.3.5 Fluctuation of Materials Prices 39
3.4 ENVIRONMENTS 40
3.4.1 Hard Climate Condition 40
3.4.2 Unqualified Maintenance Contractors 40
3.4.3 Unavailability of Maintenance Contractors 40
3.4.4 Lack of Local Productivity Standard and Specification 41
3.4.5 Aging of the Building 42
3.5 MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION 42
3.5.1 Poor Management of Maintenance Group 42
3.5.2 Lack of Building Maintenance Manuals 42
3.5.3 Lack of Communications between Maintenance Contractors and Clients 43
3.5.4 Not Using Building after Completion 43
3.6 BUDGET AND FINANCE 44
3.6.1 Poor Financial Support for Maintenance Work 44
3.6.2 Poor Financial Control on Site 44
3.7 BUILDING USERS BEHAVIORS 45
3.7.1 User Does Not Understand Importance of Maintenance Work 45
3.7.2 Misuse of Building after Completion of the Construction 45
3.7.3 Not Using Preventive Maintenance 45
3.7.4 Wrong Behaviors of Occupants 46
3.7.5 The Tendency to Execute Work Only When It Becomes As Matter of Urgency 46
CHAPTER FOUR: BUILDING MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT 47
4.1 INTRODUCTION 47
4.2 BUILDING MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT 48
4.2.1 Corrective maintenance 48
4.2.2 Preventive maintenance 49
4.2.3 Condition-based maintenance 51
4.3 A NEW APPROACH TO MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT 52
4.4 THE MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT DECISION DIAGRAM 53
4.4.1 Significant items 54
4.4.2 Utility significant item 55
4.4.3 Non-significant items 56
4.5 SELECTION OF BUILDING MAINTENANCE STRATEGY 56
4.5.1 Corrective maintenance 56
4.5.2 Preventive maintenance 57
4.5.3 Condition-based maintenance 57
4.6 SUMMARY 60
CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION 61
REFERENCES 64

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