Contextual prerequisites for the application of ILS principles to the building services industry
John, G., Loy, H., Clements-Croome, D., Fairey, V. and Neale, K. (2005) Contextual prerequisites for the application of ILS principles to the building services industry. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 12 (4). pp. 307-328. ISSN 0969-9988
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1108/09699980510608794
Purpose – This paper proposes assessing the context within which integrated logistic support (ILS) can be implemented for whole life performance of building services systems. Design/methodology/approach – The use of ILS within a through-life business model (TLBM) is a better framework to achieve a well-designed, constructed and managed product. However, for ILS to be implemented in a TLBM for building services systems, the practices, tools and techniques need certain contextual prerequisites tailored to suit the construction industry. These contextual prerequisites are discussed. Findings – The case studies conducted reinforced the contextual importance of prime contracting, partnering and team collaboration for the application of ILS techniques. The lack of data was a major hindrance to the full realisation of ILS techniques within the case studies. Originality/value – The paper concludes with the recognition of the value of these contextual prerequisites for the use of ILS techniques within the building industry.
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