PERFORMANCE PARAMETERS AND PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATION IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN.
BUILDING RESEARCH STATION WATFORD (ENGLAND)
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Performance specifications are concerned parimarily with ends not means. They make explicit the performances required of an artefact and provide a basis for assessing objectively those that are achieved. The paper considers what is entailed in making requirements explicit in this way in architectural design. It pays particular attention to the writing of performance specifications for standard components, but it does so within the context of a much wider discussion of the cycles of choice and appraisal which make up the process of design. The use of performance clauses in building regulations and some related aspects of standardization are also considered. Author
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology