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Theses, Masters


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Architectural design

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Successfully submitted for the award of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) to the Dublin Institute of Technology, September, 2010.


In 1993 the Steel Construction Institute carried out an economic analysis (including frame and overall construction time) of a number of structural options, for what is regarded as atypical office building, in outer Manchester. The study was later updated in 2004 due to changes in cost and new forms of construction notably the ‘slimdeck’ system. In 1994 the Steel Construction Institute carried out a study with regard to initial embodied energy on
the same structural options considered in the 1993 publication.
This Project carries out a similar analysis of the 10 structural forms previously analysed by the Steel Construction Institute (SCI 1993, 1994 & 2004) in relation to cost, initial embodied energy, frame construction time and overall construction time. The research uses data gathered from the Irish construction industry. In Ireland the building is assumed to be on the outskirts of Dublin where site access is not a problem. The study uses this information to rank the Irish options 1 to 10 on the basis of the four criteria. The ranking is achieved using various decision models. A similar ranking is carried
out for the UK options. The Project concludes with a comparison of the 2 sets of results and determines the preferred structural form in both Ireland and the UK.