Estimating demolition costs for single residential buildings

Liu, Chunlu, Lyle, Benjamin and Langston, Craig 2003, Estimating demolition costs for single residential buildings, The Australian journal of construction economics and building, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 33-42.

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Title Estimating demolition costs for single residential buildings
Author(s) Liu, Chunlu
Lyle, Benjamin
Langston, Craig
Journal name The Australian journal of construction economics and building
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 33
End page 42
Publisher Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Australian Institute of Building
Place of publication [Sydney]
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1445-2634
Keyword(s) demolition cost
deconstruction
residential buildings
salvaged materials
waste minimalisation
Summary With the increasing stock of aging structures, building
demolition is becoming achallenging research field from
the perspective of management. As the converse of
construction, management of demolition puts forward some
new management themes or adds some new contents
even though the same issues are faced in construction
management. This research aims to develop a quantitative
approach to estimate the costs of a demolition project. A
cost analysis method is presented to systematically break
down the cost components involved in the demolition of
a structure. Due to the lack of robust research in theory
and systematic summary in practice to date, the economic
performances of demolition will be studied through acase
study, and the majority of parameters are derived from
actual experiences in practice. The proposed demolition cost
estimation method is applied to the actual form of building
elimination (Scenario 1), and further comparison is carried
out with two other elimination methods, which are the newly
developed deconstruction (Scenario 2) and mechanical
demolition (Scenario 3). Deconstruction is found to be the
most profitable in this particular instance, and is closely
followed by the actual form.
Language eng
Field of Research 120299 Building not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Australian Institute of Building
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002032

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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