Design and construction for operability

Brian Atkin, Steve Rowlinson

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Management of the constructed facility has often been an afterthought among the professions and disciplines in the real estate and construction industries. Consequently, too many facilities fail to meet their operational requirements to the full. Briefing has been defined as the process of identifying and analysing the needs, aims and constraints (i.e. the resources and the context) of the client (owner) and relevant parties, and of formulating any resulting problems that the designer is required to solve. The resultant brief is a working document that specifies those needs and the aims, resources of the owner, operator and users, the context of the project and any appropriate design requirements. Requirements in general can be considered and measured in terms of environmental, social and economic performance, which together represent the practical face of sustainability, i.e. the triple bottom line and should be used to guide design, construction, commissioning and handover into steady-state operation and use through flawless start-up of the facility.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Integrated Project Delivery
EditorsDerek H. T. Walker, Steve Rowlinson
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781351735117, 9781315185774
ISBN (Print)9781138736689
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


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