Development of a Performance Concept in the Construction Field: A Critical Review

Francielle Santos1, *, Michele Carvalho1, Maria Carolina Brandstetter2
1 University of Brasilia, Structures and Civil Construction Graduation Program, Brasilia, Brazil
2 Goias Federal University, Geotechnics, Structures and Civil Construction Graduation Program, Goiânia, Brazil

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The performance concept in the construction field is very broad, can occur within the project scope and building, suggesting effective ways to evaluate according to the activities involved. Although a large number of studies on construction project performance (CPP) and performance-based building (PBB) have been conducted in the last decade, there remains a lack of consensus among researchers and professionals regarding how to integrate PBB-related activities into the construction project phases (design, planning, construction and operation). After an in-depth analysis of hundreds of journal articles published between 2008 and 2018, this study provides a holistic understanding and critical reflection on the nexus between CPP and PBB, systematically illustrated by a “Performance information mapping” and a “Performance Taxonomy Framework” at each project phase in the strategic decision-making process. The results can help future researchers and professionals to conduct searches that are more relevant and to design, aiming at steps to ensure project success and building efficiency. A systematic review contributes to a better understanding of the performance concept in the construction field because it covers an unprecedented performance study of both stages, process management and product performance requirements in the construction industry. The review concludes by suggesting, as further work, a search for an integration tool.

Keywords: Performance-based building, Performance project construction, Flow information, Process, Product, Taxonomy.