Case study of demolition costs of residential buildings

Pun, Sung Kin, Liu, Chunlu and Langston, Craig 2006, Case study of demolition costs of residential buildings, Construction management and economics, vol. 24, no. 9, pp. 967-976.

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Title Case study of demolition costs of residential buildings
Author(s) Pun, Sung Kin
Liu, Chunlu
Langston, Craig
Journal name Construction management and economics
Volume number 24
Issue number 9
Start page 967
End page 976
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2006-09
ISSN 0144-6193
Keyword(s) Australia
recycling
project appraisal
demolition
cost modelling
Summary Building demolition is one of the most common activities in the construction industry. Several demolition techniques are commonly used, including mechanical demolition, deconstruction and hybrid demolition. Although deconstruction has been advocated for its environmentally friendly approaches, the cost comparison of a demolition project under different techniques is rarely researched. In this paper, the cost of a demolition project is broken down to input and output costs, which are further broken down to more countable sections. Through an empirical study in Victoria, Australia, project costs of mechanical demolition, hybrid demolition and deconstruction are investigated. It is found that deconstruction has the greatest profitability among the three techniques. Hybrid demolition, which is the actual technique adopted by the contractor, has a slightly lower profit, and mechanical demolition is the most expensive. Although deconstruction has the best overall economical performance, the small extra gain comes with increased complexity and risk that deters demolition contractors from its attempt. It is found in the paper that an optimized demolition project strategy exists between hybrid demolition and deconstruction with the greatest profitability among various building demolition techniques.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003555

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