Title: Decision aiding related to maintenance of buildings: technical, economic and environmental aspects

Authors: Tomasz Thiel

Addresses: Department of Construction Engineering and Management, Institute of Structural Engineering, Poznan University of Technology, 5 Piotrowo Street, 60-965 Poznan, Poland

Abstract: This paper describes a problem of investment related decisions taken at the stage of maintenance and usage of buildings and highlights its multidimensional character. Examples of the assessment of possible options of solutions of heating systems have shown which criteria can be taken into consideration when the options are compared. The paper presents procedures adopted while solving such problems when Multi-Criteria Decision Aiding (MCDA) methods are employed. Replacing or modernising an existing heating system brings about a reduction in both energy consumption and emission of environmentally harmful substances and, therefore, the impact of a building on the environment.

Keywords: multicriteria decision making; MCDM; buildings maintenance; heating systems; environmental impact; buildings usage; energy consumption; pollution emission.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2008.021353

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2008 Vol.35 No.2/3/4, pp.158 - 170

Published online: 20 Nov 2008 *

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