The Achievement of Quality Assurance: A Review of UK Research Studies

  • Alan Griffith
Part of the Macmillan Building and Surveying Series book series (BASS)


In recent years there have been a number of UK based research projects surrounding the concept of quality and its assurance. Some of these have focused upon performance of buildings through the quantification of building faults and defects, whilst others have qualitatively assessed the significance of design, project communication, management and supervision upon the nature and extent of problems concerning quality occurring during construction projects. Research has addressed general construction activity and specific sectors of the industry such as housebuilding, and housing studies themselves have been directed to both traditional (masonry) and non-traditional construction forms.1,2,3,4,5


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  1. (1) Griffith A. Building Performance and Quality of Timber-Framed Housing (1989) Chartered Builder Nov/Dec EditionGoogle Scholar
  2. (2) Building Economic Development Council (Building EDC) Achieving Quality on Building Sites (1987) National Economic Development Office (NEDO) ISBN 0-7292-0839-7Google Scholar
  3. (3) Building Research Establishment (BRE) Quality in Traditional Housing, Volume 1: An Investigation into Faults and Their Avoidance (1982) HMSO, ISBN 0-11-671350Google Scholar
  4. (4) Building Research Establishment (BRE) Common Defects in Low-Rise Traditional Housing (1982) BRE, ISBN 0-85125-337-7Google Scholar
  5. (5) Freeman I.L., Butlin, R.N. and Hunt, J.H. (BRE) Timber-framed Housing — A Technical Appraisal (1983) BREGoogle Scholar

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© Alan Griffith 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Griffith
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  1. 1.Department of Building, Engineering and SurveyingHeriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUK

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