Message - Who is responsible for the materials selection???

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Posted by  Fatima on November 24, 2003 at 08:09:32:

Hi everyone,

I am trying to carry out an international benchmark study about
construction materials selection in different countries, and I would
like to ask for your opinion on my preliminary conclusions:

When making decisions about the exterior design of the housing
buildings, the architect is not allowed to freely select the
materials, as it is the property developers' opinion (mostly based on
costs) the one that prevails.

The constructor does not take part in the materials selection for
housing buildings, but he/she/it is the one in charge of purchasing

Building materials suppliers do not have any influence on the
materials selection.

Either the property developer or the final buyer are the ones in
charge of the materials selection for the interior design of houses,
It is not yet very common to use architects' or interior designers'
help with the design, although there is a trend towards an increase
in the importance of the interior designers against architects.

Security or environmental regulations might influence the materials
selection for the buildings exteriors.

Engineers might help architects with technical calculations, but they
do not they take part in the design and the materials selection.

Public officials do not exercise a very strict control control on the
design and execution of private buildings, and they do not influence
the materials selection.

Do you agree with those ideas? Are you aware of significant
differences among countries or geographical areas.

Thanks in advance for your collaboration.

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