The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 69 (1991) > Issues > Issue 7 > Client Requirements: Buildings
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Client Requirements: Buildings

Few building clients have sufficient understanding or experience to be specific regarding the life expectancy of the buildings they commission. In general, the tacit assumption by both clients and designers is that buildings will last as long as their owners want them to last and are prepared to invest in them. However, it is clear that decisions taken by the client or the designer can have a profound impact on the lifespan of a building and the cost of keeping it in beneficial use. The ‘intelligent client’ will be aware of this but will still look to his designer or consultant to advise him on the life-affecting aspects of his project. In any event, it is, in my opinion, part of the designer’s duty to consider these aspects and advise the client of the options available, coupling past experience with some vision of possible future events. J. Rodin