WIT Press


Building Maintenance: A Technology For Resource Conservation

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ARC100371

Volume

128

Pages

12

Page Range

435 - 446

Published

2010

Size

1,601 kb

Author(s)

M. Di Sivo & D. Ladiana

Abstract

The Bruntland Report has for the first time formulated the concept of \“sustainable development”, defining it as \“development able to meet current needs without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their own needs”; such definition has emphasised not only the need to limit natural resources consumption and pollution emissions, but has also introduced the concept of (ethical) \“responsibility” of man’s action, both towards the natural environment and towards the anthropized one. Applying the sustainability objectives to the building process (project, construction, maintenance, management, decommissioning) – with the intention of reducing raw materials demand and wastes – forces one to reflect even on the maintenance process role. Maintenance can indeed be intended as a tool to build up a co-evolution project between man and nature, to be achieved by considering and managing maintenance-oriented buildings. Carrying out the maintainability requirement during the project phase becomes crucial since it guarantees, during the managing phase, that the maintenance intervention is carried out without any unforeseen or unpredictable collateral events characterized by a waste of financial and environmental resources. A number of researches and experimentations have been developed at the Department of Technologies for Built Environment in order to encourage the carrying out of the maintainability requirement during the project phase. Keywords: building sustainability, design strategies, maintenance, maintenability, criteria.

Keywords

building sustainability, design strategies, maintenance, maintenability, criteria