Literature Review – Assessing Building Functional Suitability—Methods and Tools


  1. Galasiu, A.
  2. Thompson, A.
  3. Bergevin, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
A literature review was conducted to identify methodologies that could be used to evaluate the functional suitability of the Department of National Defence real property assets. Suitability indicators communicate how well a building contributes to its occupants’ efficiency to achieve their work objectives and goals, by identifying the gap between a building’s desired state (as defined by the user requirements) and its actual state. The literature review found that organizations use various criteria and indicators when conducting suitability assessments of their facilities, which depend on their missions and goals. This report provides an overview of the many possible building functions that may be selected, supporting the identification, ranking and prioritization of those aspects that are the most relevant for an organization. The report also describes two existing methodologies that can be readily applied and consulted for guidance when evaluating a building’s functional suitability, and when establishing the functional priorities and budget allocations for modernization over a building’s life-cycle. These methodologies are: (1) the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards for Whole Building Functionality and Serviceability, which cover a broad range of user requirements and related building functions and services; and (2) the BUILDER Sustainment Management System, a software tool developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which can be used to

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Building Suitability Measure;Building Performance Measurement
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2019-C036 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 2019
Number of Pages
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