Multi-criteria decision analysis for evaluating sustainable lifts design of public hospital buildings

Sahamir, Shaza Rina and Zakaria, Rozana and Rooshdi, Raja Rafidah Muhd and Adenan, Mohamad Asfia and Shamsuddin, Siti Mazzuana and Abidin, Nur Izieadiana and Ismail, Noor Akmal Adillah and Aminudin, Eeydzah (2018) Multi-criteria decision analysis for evaluating sustainable lifts design of public hospital buildings. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 63. pp. 199-204. ISSN 2283-9216,

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Sustainability is a big trend in today's building industry. For instance, energy use, resource efficiency, materials selection, safety, and life-cycle management are all important considerations in making the transition to greener buildings. In the past, lifts have been overlooked in green building planning yet including them is a useful way to improve overall building functionality and efficiency. Lifts use a relatively small amount of energy compared to the overall energy consumption of a building yet they provide both daily carrier service for user and so they should be included in sustainability planning. With so many building products being marketed with a sustainable angle, lifts also need to be included in this improvement. Building process has become complex due to the involvement of multiple benchmark like social, economic and environmental dimensions. A significant challenge for those involved in the building industry is identifying and incorporating sustainable features into each of the building stage. This in turn puts constrains to decision makers in selecting the finest decision in achieving sustainable goal for every aspect of building processes. This paper investigates the multi-criteria decision analysis for sustainable lifts design, namely; criteria selection, criteria weighting, evaluation and final aggregation. Decision analysis plays a vital role for designing the systems by considering various criteria. The criteria were grouped based on economic, environmental and social dimensions. Technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS) methods were employed to rank the most important criteria that need to be considered in making the decision. A design team from hospital project specifically from mechanical and electrical department have been chosen for this study due to their expertise in planning and designing the mechanical aspects for a project. As a result, it shows the process of decision analysis and provides the direction for sustainable lifts criteria selection which has a significant effect on the design. The result shows the preference dimension for sustainable lift design is economic aspect including its criteria required as decision analysis output for planning and designing lifts systems for public hospital buildings.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (PRGS/1/2017/TK10/UTM/02/4)
Additional Information: PhD Student. Mohamad Asfia Adenan. Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction industry; Decision making; Energy utilization; Hospitals; Life cycle; Sustainable development
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 03:47
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 03:47

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