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A Proposed Decision-Making Model to Prioritize Building Elements Maintenance Actions Toward Achieving Sustainability in Community Buildings in Australia

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Sustainable management of community buildings is a challenging task in Australia. Maintenance and renewal of building assets is a prominent issue as a large number of buildings owned by local councils were built in 1970s and become aged and deteriorated. Each building consists of a massive load of building components which adds complexity into their management. Limited asset management models in favor of buildings’ decision making have further widened the gap in finding a reliable decision-making model for building maintenance and renewals. On the other hand, a majority of asset management models available are unable to cope with the uncertainty associated with the data collection which makes the results inconsistent and subjective. This paper presents a useful tool minimizing aforementioned problems and making asset planner’s life easier to prioritize maintenance actions. The model is a multi-criteria decision-making model (MCDM) which is combined with two analytical tools, i.e., analytical hierarchical process (AHP) and fuzzy inference system (FIS). The model is based on a four level hierarchical structure, which includes a goal, aspects, criteria, and attribute factors representing the level one to level four in the hierarchy respectively. Decision Criticality Index (DCI) has been introduced in order to understand the importance of the decision. The concept which is used in the traffic light system is adapted to categorize maintenance options according to color codes depending on DCI value range and the duration of maintenance plan. Example calculations based on case study and hypothetical data have been demonstrated throughout the paper to showcase and validate the model.


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The authors would like to express their appreciation to all associated local councils of the research for all their time, effort, and valuable feedback given for the research. We would also like to give our special thanks to the Municipal Association of Victoria for their work to collaborate all other associated councils in group meetings such as progress meetings and workshops. These were highly beneficial to understand local council expectations on decision making and drive the research accordingly. Furthermore Integrate Australia is sincerely remembered for the support provided in the area of computer software development. Finally our appreciation goes to Australian Research Council for the financial support for this research.

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Kalutara, P., Zhang, G., Setunge, S., Wakefield, R., Mohseni, H. (2014). A Proposed Decision-Making Model to Prioritize Building Elements Maintenance Actions Toward Achieving Sustainability in Community Buildings in Australia. In: Lee, J., Ni, J., Sarangapani, J., Mathew, J. (eds) Engineering Asset Management 2011. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, London.

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