Some Rules of Thumb:
Build durably so the maintenance required is simple.
Maintain as recommended so the structure stays in good condition longer.
Build so the building is flexible, and can be used under different conditions.
Make the building work with the outside environment, not against it.
When you build, there are three factors - and you can only "have" two out of three:
RIGHT - FAST - CHEAP
If you don't build RIGHT, then it won't be FAST or CHEAP.