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The quality of measurements needed to improve the performance of buildings and the serviceability of facilities inhere not in the measurements themselves but in their suitability to the needs of diverse and transitory participants in the development, design, construction, management and operations of buildings and facilities. Users must articulate their needs and metrological development will follow. A measurement development sequence is suggested: naming, ordering and scaling the variables of interest. Paper includes discussion of metrological history and measurement theory.
measurement theory, history of metrology, measurement quality, buildings, facilities
professor, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA