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Performance-based building and innovation: balancing client and industry needs

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Abstract:

One reason for the interest in performance-based building is that it is commonly advocated as a powerful way of enhancing innovation performance by articulating building performance outcomes, and by offering relevant procurement actors the discretion to innovate to meet these performance requirements more effectively and/or efficiently. The paper argues that the current approach to performance-based building assumes that relevant actors have the capacity, ability and motivation to innovate from a business perspective. It is proposed that the prevailing conceptualization of PBB is too restrictive and should be broadened explicitly to accommodate the required business logic that must be in place before actors will innovate. The relevant performance-based building and innovation literature is synthesized to support the assertion. The paper concludes with an innovation-focused definition of performance-based building.

Keywords: approvisionnement; building performance; business logic; bâtiments basés sur la performance; innovation; logique commerciale; performance des bâtiments; performance-based building; procurement

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0961321042000323789

Affiliations: Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, School of Construction and Property Management, Bridgewater Building, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, M7 1NU, UK, p.s.barrett@salford.ac.uk, Email: m.g.sexton@salford.ac.uk

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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