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Townhouse Complex
Multi-unit residential complex consisting of single-storey, two-storey or three-storey units, with each unit having access from ground level.

There are a number of different configurations for townhouse complexes, such as:
  • May have a common garage or, more typically, vehicles are parked beside each unit.
  • Some complexes have recreation facilities, such as a clubhouse and swimming pool.
  • The townhouses may be part of a larger facility that includes low-rise or high-rise buildings. (see: sections)
The townhouse class of buildings have some unique attributes, such as the exclusion of a central mechanical plant, larger areas of site work, and significant buried infrastructure relative to the other two building classes.

The townhouse class of buildings have some unique attributes, such as the exclusion of a central mechanical plant, larger areas of site work, and significant buried infrastructure relative to the other two building classes



A.  Physical Analysis

Some of the more significant assets at a townhouse complex, that differentiates this type of development, includes the following:

  • Roofs, typically sloped
  • Extensive roadways
  • Perimeter fencing
Townhouse complexes have the following general physical attributes that impact maintenance requirements and lifecycle costs:
  • Cleaning of gutters. 
  • Resealing of asphalt roadways.
  • Repainting of exterior fences.
  • Buried infrastructure under the roadways.
Townhouse have the following general physical attributes that impact maintenance requirements and lifecycle costs:
  • Average number of assets in the inventory is 50, which will increase if their is a club house with amenities.
  • They may be organized into phases
  • The most significant maintenance contract is: landscaping

B. Financial Analysis

Townhouse complexes have lifecycle cost patterns that differ slightly from low-rise and high-rise buildings.

  • Average reproduction value is $
  • Average maintenance budget is $
i)  Expenses



ii) Funding


Of the three building classes, the townhouse complexes have the highest funding requirements relative to their CRN. This is a reflection of the significant in-ground infrastructure and the larger roof, wall and glazing areas relative to each unit.

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Fig. Aerial view of phased townhouse complex


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Fig. Street view of a typical townhouse complex

townhouse complexes
Fig. Samples of townhouse configurations.

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Fig. Buried infrastructure at a townhouse complex


Sample operating budget distribution for an average high-rise building  Sample operating budget distribution for an average low-rise building. Sample operating budget distribution for an average townhouse complex
Fig. Comparison of the annual operating budget distributions for an average high-rise building (left), low-rise building (middle) and townhouse complex (right).

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The typical number of assets in a townhouse complex relative to other building classes.
Fig. The typical number of assets in townhouse complexes relative to other building classes.


Comparison of building attributes
Fig. Summary comparison of the different attributes between high-rise, low-rise and townhouse complexes




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Fig. Cross-section through a townhouse building.


The capital load distributed across the eight primary physical systems for different types of buildings
Fig. The capital load distributed across the eight primary physical systems for different types of buildings.



Rules of thumb for roof areas at different types of buildings
Fig. Rules of thumb for roof areas at different types of buildings.


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