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Abdullah, M R and Egbu, C (2011) The application of Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) as a decision tool in choosing the type of Industrialised Building System (IBS) for housing projects. In: Egbu, C and Lou, E C W (Eds.), Proceedings 27th Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2011, Bristol, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 555–62.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: analytical hierarchy process; decision-making; industrialized building system; selection criteria
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-5-2
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2011-0555-0562_Abdullah_Egbu.pdf
  • Abstract:
    An Industrialized Building System [IBS] generally has been accepted as an innovative approach to overcoming critical issues in the Malaysian construction sector. IBS contractors are faced with challenges in choosing an appropriate type of IBS for a housing project. A decision maker would have to prioritize multi criteria to achieve project goals. The criteria such as cost, time and quality play a major role in the selection of appropriate type of IBS. Through a literature review, this paper highlights the criteria that need to be considered in selecting an appropriate type of IBS for choosing projects in Malaysian construction sectors. It also reviews related tools and decision support systems with regards to the selection of type of IBS. Analytical Hierarchy Process [AHP] has been determined as a simple, logical and quantitative approach to reach the best decision . The pair wise comparison matrices facilitate the decision makers to prioritize the level of importance for each criteria and type of IBS. The recommendation from AHP will provide the basis for a manager to consider the implementation of IBS during design and construction stage of a project. A spreadsheet software application has been utilized to produce the protocols of AHP. Recommendations are also offered for the benefit of decision makers in the selection of types of IBS.