Life Cycle Cost Analysis forms a crucial role in helping designers, contractors, and building owners understand the true cost impacts of a building throughout its life. By analysing all elements of a building from its construction, through to its end of life and demolition, designers are able to give careful consideration to material choices and construction types. It also allows building owners to plan in more detail how much they could spend on maintenance, and perhaps more crucially, when to spend and plan, throughout a building’s lifetime. By carefully selecting the best design options as early as possible, clients can save money over the course of the building’s lifetime.
BREEAM rewards design teams for carrying out Life Cycle Cost Analysis. Under the 2014 New Construction Scheme for Non-domestic Buildings, there are up to 4 credits available as follows:
- Man 02 (up to 3 credits) – this issue aims to help project teams choose the options that provide the best value for money, over the lifetime of the building. Project teams are encouraged to consider the design, specification and through-life maintenance and operation costs at the earliest possible stages.
- Elemental Life Cycle Cost Plan (2 credits)
- Component Life Cycle Cost Plan (1 credit)
- Mat 01 (1 credit) – this issue aims to help design teams select materials and construction types that provide best value to the building owner throughout the lifetime of the building.
- Life Cycle Analysis (1 exemplary level credit).
We use IES’ IMPACT software, which is approved by BRE, to analyse developments. By importing BIM models into this software, we are able to run detailed Life Cycle analysis, to help you chose the best options for your building, as well as achieve important BREEAM credits.