While there have been many attempts at comparisons of construction performance over the past 50 years, the results have generally been inconclusive and/or contradictory. Such comparisons are of great interest to industry, governments and theorists alike but there is little agreement as to how they are best done. A variety of methodologies have been used, however, the lack of satisfactory outcomes has been due largely to one factor, the lack of a truly reliable method for comparing construction costs in different currencies Exchange rates are recognised as being unsuitable, and while purchasing power parity (PPP) has a long history, the method still has many critics. In addition, the nature of the building industry and its products makes the establishment of reliable construction PPPs very difficult. Both the UN's International Comparison Program (ICP) and the European Union gather data for the production of construction-specific PPP indices, but neither body publishes them, as there is too much doubt about their reliability. New approaches are being developed and some are soon to be trialled. This paper looks at the problems, describes and discusses some new approaches, and assesses their potential.
|Title of host publication||Queensland University of Technology Research Week International Conference, QUT Research Week 2005 - Conference Proceedings|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|Event||Queensland University of Technology Research Week International Conference, QUT Research Week 2005 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia|
Duration: 4 Jul 2005 → 8 Jul 2005
|Conference||Queensland University of Technology Research Week International Conference, QUT Research Week 2005|
|Period||4/07/05 → 8/07/05|