Cladding materials in non-residential construction : choice criteria for stakeholder in the Province of Quebec

Authors: Guy-Plourde, SamuelBlanchet, PierreBlois, Michel deRobichaud, FrançoisBarbuta, Costel
Abstract: Designing the façade of a building is a complex task due to the number of products that are offered, the multiple criteria to be considered, and the number of stakeholders involved. In this context, from a manufacturer point of view, it is critical to understand the decision-making process. This paper highlights three different categories of choice criteria (influence criteria, requirements, and issues) relative to the selection of cladding material for non-residential buildings. Architects, contractors, subcontractors, and clients provide a systemic view of the situation, based on an analysis of the findings from a mixed-research method combining online survey and semi-structured interviews. The results show that the most important influencing criteria for cladding selection are the building type, client type, project context, personal experience, product reputation, and project delivery methods. For the architects, the most important requirements are, in order, performance, appearance, and good warranties. Contractors and subcontractors look primarily for compliance with the delivery schedule, with an optimal deadline of fewer than three weeks. Regarding installation, subcontractors seek speed of installation, system simplicity, easy coordination with envelope workers, and on-site product modulation. Finally, the main issues with cladding are maintenance, the novelty of cladding systems, lack of construction details, and tendering process. A better understanding of the cladding selection process provides valuable insight to the manufacturer in order to provide the right information to satisfy a particular stakeholder’s need.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 6 April 2018
Open Access Date: 9 April 2018
Document version: VoR
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This document was published in: Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, Vol. 6 (1), 1-18 (2018)
IOS Press
Alternative version: 10.7480/jfde.2018.1.1811
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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