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The indispensability of good operation & maintenance (O&M) manuals in the operation and maintenance of low carbon buildings

Owajionyi, Frank L.; Omer, Siddig; Riffat, Saffa; Mempouo, Blaise

Authors

Frank L. Owajionyi owajifrank@yahoo.com

SAFFA RIFFAT saffa.riffat@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems

Blaise Mempouo Blaise.Mempouo@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Increase in energy usage, particularly from fossil fuel sources is widely understood to be responsible for the environmental problems (Climate Change) experienced globally today. Response to mitigating this anthropogenic induced consequence created the need for innovative low carbon and renewable technologies in buildings. In the UK presently, every new building is expected to be low-carbon and energy-efficient. However, it is widely acknowledged that significant differences often exist between designed and in-use performances of the buildings. Clients and end-users of these technologies appear not to be getting long term value for their investments; much attention has not been given to how these innovative technologies can be operated and maintained long into the future. Recent researches also underpin the fact that the wide information gap existing between designers and building end-users is one of the factors responsible for the performance-gap. This paper therefore presents excerpts of a research aimed at exploring a best practice approach to operability and maintainability of low-carbon-buildings. The research methodology involved the use of interviews, surveys and case study. Findings suggest that a properly prepared O&M manual is a potential document that that could bridge this gap and that it is an indispensable tool for the effective and efficient operation and maintenance of low carbon buildings.

Citation

Owajionyi, F. . L., Omer, S., Riffat, S., & Mempouo, B. (in press). The indispensability of good operation & maintenance (O&M) manuals in the operation and maintenance of low carbon buildings. Sustainable Cities and Society, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2014.06.002

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 3, 2014
Online Publication Date Jul 7, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 6, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 6, 2017
Journal Sustainable Cities and Society
Print ISSN 2210-6707
Electronic ISSN 2210-6707
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 14
Article Number e1-e9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2014.06.002
Keywords Design Stage; Low carbon buildings; O&M Manuals; Operation and Maintenance
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47831
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210670714000778
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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Copyright Statement
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0





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