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Cost-benefit Analysis of Ramps versus Lifts

Authors: Bridge, C., Jung, Y., Mills, S.
Published: 13th August 2010
Audience: Consumers, Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry


As an unprecedented research endeavour on economic comparison between ramps and lifts, this study aimed to investigate factors that affected their costs and benefits. Comparisons of the cost ranges of each alternative and relative benefits of one option over the other were also explored. This study employed a multi-strategy method. Firstly, a systematic literature review was conducted in order to identify variables that have relevance to the costs and benefits of ramps and lifts. Secondly, a preliminary cost estimation of various ramps and lifts was conducted using the latest versions of the cost guides, including the Rawlinsons Construction Cost Guide and the Cordell Housing Building Cost Guide. The research design is also based, for more realistic information, on case studies provided by the New South Wales Home Modification and Maintenance Services (HMMS).

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