Accession Number : AD0764452

Title :   Initial Quality and Life-Cycle Costs in Military Family Housing.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB CHAMPAIGN ILL

Personal Author(s) : Bagby,D. Gordon

Report Date : JUN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The study demonstrates one approach to the problem of obtaining the best military family housing for the money. The study uses only one characteristic of the house--exterior wall material--to illustrate the approach. The same technique can be applied to other characteristics as data becomes available. Based on exterior wall material, seven house types were established. Comparison was made of the initial quality and life-cycle costs of houses possessing these characteristics. Estimates were made of maintenance costs for each house type over a 35-year life-span from empirical data collected in Los Alamos, New Mexico. An examination of housing sales-price data in Champaign, Illinois, produced estimates of the initial cost of each house type. Combining the maintenance and initial cost estimates provided measures of their life-cycle costs. Conclusions regarding the initial quality of the seven house types were drawn from the same housing sales-price data in the Champaign area. Finally comparisons between house types were made with respect to the initial quality and life-cycle cost of each type. The results of these comparisons provided a basis for ordering exterior wall materials for use in housing construction. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MILITARY PERSONNEL, HOUSING(DWELLINGS)), (*HOUSING(DWELLINGS), *COSTS), MAINTENANCE, CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE