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residential (MURB) complex consisting of up to six storeys.
There are generally four configurations for low-rise
The low-rise class of buildings is the most diverse of the three classes. Firstly, variability arises due the use of both types of construction: combustible (wood frame) and non-combustible (concrete). Secondly, the architectural configurations include a single building on a site and multiple buildings on a site. Thirdly, different floor plate geometries. Heritage buildings, which are always low-rise and usually over 100 years old, were not included in the data set at their original age but rather at the age of conversion to a condominium.
A. Physical Analysis
Some of the more significant assets at a low-rise building, that differentiates this type of development, includes the following:
B. Financial Analysis
Low-rise buildings have lifecycle cost patterns that differ slightly from low-rise and high-rise buildings.
The low-rise buildings are relatively more expensive to maintain than the high-rises as they do not enjoy the same economies of scale.
Fig. Aerial view of a group of low-rise buildings
Fig. Street view of a low-rise building.
Fig. Cross section of a low-rise building
Fig. The typical number of assets in a low-rise building relative to other building classes.
Fig. Summary comparison of attributes in high-rise buildings, low-rise building and townhouse complexes.
Fig. Comparison of the annual operating budget distributions for an average high-rise building (left), low-rise building (middle) and townhouse complex (right).
Fig. The capital load distributed across the eight primary physical systems for different types of buildings.
Fig. Rules of thumb for roof areas at different types of buildings.
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