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The use of a multi-attribute tool for evaluating accessibility in buildings: the AHP approach

Wu, S, Lee, A, Aouad, G and Tah, JHM 2007, 'The use of a multi-attribute tool for evaluating accessibility in buildings: the AHP approach' , Facilities, 25 (9/10) , pp. 375-389.

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to develop a quantitative building accessibility assessment model for the construction industry. Design/methodology/approach – The building accessibility assessment criteria are incorporated in a hierarchy structure based on the relevant building regulations and British standards. The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) is employed to determine the priority of the accessibility criteria. A review of the application of AHP is included in the paper. Finally, a case scenario is used to illustrate the method. Findings – This paper provides a methodology to prioritize the building accessibility criteria and to indicate how well a building design meets accessibility requirements quantitatively. Practical limitations/implications – A model is advocated for use by accessibility consultants and building designers to establish a quantitative assessment for building accessibility. It can also be used in the development of accessibility assessment software. Originality/value – This paper presents a novel quantitative building accessibility assessment model.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Analytical hierarchy process, buildings
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: Facilities
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 02632772
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Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2007 11:58
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/693

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