Building defects: survey and impact over sustainability

E. Costanzo
2006 WIT Transactions on the Built Environment   unpublished
It is commonly assumed that existing building stock management has a great potential to achieve better sustainable development results. Durability of existing building components determines the period of their performance decay and, therefore, maintenance and refurbishment cycles, which, owing to their recurrence, may have relevant effects on the environment and the economy. Knowledge of building pathology phenomena and, therefore, defects prevision during building operation, can lead to less
more » ... can lead to less frequent and more appropriate maintenance and renovation, helping lengthen service life (and durability) of components, and so avoiding new production and construction impacts and reducing recurrent C&D waste due to frequent replacement. This paper shows the advantages of an archive on building pathology, created from cases of expertises and consultancies, and a proposal of a protocol of survey, to collect in-field data and address the use of the archive towards operational and post operational building performance assessment and management.
doi:10.2495/arc060361 fatcat:kiookfdcu5cwjktjjukovumpgu