Optimized maintenance and renovation scheduling in multifamily buildings – a systematic approach based on condition state and life cycle cost of building components
Journal article, 2019

Proactive maintenance strategies in principle are devised to control degradation and sustain optimal performance of building components. While realizing the technical necessities, they also serve as an instrument towards multiple and often conflicting objectives during financial con- straints. An optimal proactive maintenance strategy therefore should comprise a multiannual maintenance action plan optimized on different criteria corresponding to owners’ objectives under existing constraints. This study offers a systematic approach based on a condition-deteri- oration model to address the complexity involved in decision making regarding optimized main- tenance and renovation planning. Life-cycle cost analysis in form of Equivalent Annual Cost (EAC) is used for the economic assessment of maintenance/renovation scenarios. In this paper, the model is used to compare the economy of different maintenance/renovation plans in a chosen scenario in order to determine the optimal maintenance interval for a single and a com- bination of building components. Two fac ̧ade elements, windows and fac ̧ade rendering, are used to illustrate the application of the proposed method. This method is intended to help deci- sion makers at both design and post-construction phases in the choice of both building compo- nents and maintenance/renovation strategies.


life cycle cost

service life

residential buildings

Proactive maintenance


Abolfazl Sousanabadi Farahani

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Jan-Olof Dalenbäck

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Holger Wallbaum

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Technology

Construction Management and Economics

0144-6193 (ISSN) 1466-433X (eISSN)

Vol. 37 3 139-155

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Construction Management

Reliability and Maintenance

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

Areas of Advance


Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)



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