Modelling Influential Factor Relationships Using System Dynamics Methodology (Fibre Cement Buildings as a Case Study)

N. Lafta, Ammar Al-Bazi

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    Abstract

    The rapid increase and the need for more sustainable buildings has led researchers and engineers to find a new way to construct buildings which can be offered more cheaply and sustainably. However, the adoption of new technology in the construction of buildings requires intense study of the influential factors that can affect the demand for new buildings. This research investigates the factors which have significant impact on demand for fibre cement technology. On the basis of questionnaire data analysis, this research process developed a model of system dynamics which showed the relationships between influential factors and demand, as well as finding new relationships between these factors. After modelling the factors of cost, advertising, education and awareness, the availability of classic buildings and specifications of fibre cement buildings are shown to be important factors in affecting demand for fibre cement buildings and vice versa. On the other hand, factors such as population, number of couples in households, availability of building land and standard of living have an important effect on demand, while demand has no impact on these factors. Therefore, these influential factors can help construction companies and contractors to enhance the demand for their newly developed buildings. Fibre cement buildings are cheap, attractive and resistant to fire and humidity, can be assembled, disassembled and then reassembled. These features can play an important role in attracting and satisfying customers for such buildings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages103-109
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventOR55 Annual Conference - Exeter, UK, Exeter, United Kingdom
    Duration: 3 Sep 20135 Sep 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceOR55 Annual Conference
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityExeter
    Period3/09/135/09/13

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    Cements
    Dynamical systems
    Fibers
    Availability
    Contractors
    Marketing
    Atmospheric humidity
    Fires
    Education
    Specifications
    Engineers
    Costs
    Industry

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    The full text is available from: http://www.theorsociety.com/DocumentRepository/Browse.aspx?DocID=347

    Keywords

    • System dynamics
    • questionnaire
    • factors relationships modelling
    • construction management

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    Lafta, N., & Al-Bazi, A. (2013). Modelling Influential Factor Relationships Using System Dynamics Methodology (Fibre Cement Buildings as a Case Study). 103-109. Paper presented at OR55 Annual Conference, Exeter, United Kingdom.

    Modelling Influential Factor Relationships Using System Dynamics Methodology (Fibre Cement Buildings as a Case Study). / Lafta, N.; Al-Bazi, Ammar.

    2013. 103-109 Paper presented at OR55 Annual Conference, Exeter, United Kingdom.

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    Lafta, N & Al-Bazi, A 2013, 'Modelling Influential Factor Relationships Using System Dynamics Methodology (Fibre Cement Buildings as a Case Study)' Paper presented at OR55 Annual Conference, Exeter, United Kingdom, 3/09/13 - 5/09/13, pp. 103-109.
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