The use of a multi-attribute tool for evaluating accessibility in buildings: The AHP approach

S. Wu, A. Lee, J. H.M. Tah, G. Aouad

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Purpose - The purpose of this article is to develop a quantitative building accessibility assessment model for the construction industry. Design/methodology/approach - The building accessibility assessment criteria are incorporated in a hierarchy structure based on the relevant building regulations and British standards. The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) is employed to determine the priority of the accessibility criteria. A review of the application of AHP is included in the paper. Finally, a case scenario is used to illustrate the method. Findings - This paper provides a methodology to prioritize the building accessibility criteria and to indicate how well a building design meets accessibility requirements quantitatively. Practical limitations/implications - A model is advocated for use by accessibility consultants and building designers to establish a quantitative assessment for building accessibility. It can also be used in the development of accessibility assessment software. Originality/value - This paper presents a novel quantitative building accessibility assessment model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-389
Number of pages15
Issue number9/10
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


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