Buildings 2012, 2(1), 1-32; doi:10.3390/buildings2010001
Article

Investigating Factors Affecting Material Selection: The Impacts on Green Vernacular Building Materials in the Design-Decision Making Process

Received: 8 December 2011; in revised form: 22 December 2011 / Accepted: 16 January 2012 / Published: 23 January 2012
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract: Material selection is a complex and delicate task determined by the immense number of building material options. Likewise, multiple factors are often considered by the architect when evaluating the various categories of building materials. As a result, these sets of factors or variables often present tradeoffs that make the decision process even more complex. To ease the material-selection process, this article examines one aspect of the research objectives: the relevant factors or variables needed to develop a systematic and efficient material-selection system. Through the analysis of frequency data and results of a pilot study, it identifies some of the potential factors that will impact architects decisions in their choice of green vernacular building materials, during the design-decision making process. The application of the criteria for the quantitative evaluation and selection of the best alternative building material, using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) model, are discussed. The aim is to develop a multi-factorial analytical decision support toolkit to assist architects assess their consequences in terms of whether or not the material option is likely to move towards sustainability objectives. An example is included to illustrate the AHP approach. The argument is advanced that the explicit incorporation of sustainability in the material selection process requires the assessment of the social, economic, technical, sensorial and environmental consequences of potential material options.
Keywords: design-decision making process; factors or variables; materials; toolkit
PDF Full-text Download PDF Full-Text [697 KB, uploaded 23 January 2012 16:42 CET]

Export to BibTeX |
EndNote


MDPI and ACS Style

Ogunkah, I.; Yang, J. Investigating Factors Affecting Material Selection: The Impacts on Green Vernacular Building Materials in the Design-Decision Making Process. Buildings 2012, 2, 1-32.

AMA Style

Ogunkah I, Yang J. Investigating Factors Affecting Material Selection: The Impacts on Green Vernacular Building Materials in the Design-Decision Making Process. Buildings. 2012; 2(1):1-32.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Ogunkah, Ibuchim; Yang, Junli. 2012. "Investigating Factors Affecting Material Selection: The Impacts on Green Vernacular Building Materials in the Design-Decision Making Process." Buildings 2, no. 1: 1-32.

Buildings EISSN 2075-5309 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert