Building and construction quality: systematic literature review, thematic and gap analysis

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The purpose of this study is to examine, review and analyse the current literature on building and construction quality and determine the related themes and gaps.
A systematic review approach was adopted on the building quality literature and keywords such as ‘construction’ or ‘building’; ‘defect’ and ‘quality’ or ‘rework’ were searched through the Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar databases. A number of articles were found and filtered by title, abstract and keywords relevancy. Further articles were cross-referenced from these and again filtered by title, abstract, and keywords relevancy. The time period for the search was 2000-2020. 97 articles were found and analysed on the topic.
A number of recurring themes were found throughout the literature. These are: safety, occupier satisfaction, cost, time, licensing, culture, training, software, and building quality frameworks, classifications, and recommendations. These themes were linked to display relationships between them from the literature. Based on the project lifecycle stages, an amalgamated classification system was developed and is presented here. The gaps in the current literature have been analysed and reported on.
A comprehensive descriptive, thematic and gap analysis was conducted on the available literature of building and construction quality. The emerging themes were discovered, their relationships were demonstrated. and the research gaps were identified. A new classification system positioned in the project lifecycle stages is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)942-964
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation
Issue number5
Early online date30 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2023


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