Last edited 22 Feb 2021

BREEAM Life cycle cost and service life planning


[edit] Aim and benefits

Deliver whole life value by orienting design and specification to a life cycle approach.

Early stage understanding of the likely construction of the building and its servicing strategy, focuses the design team on likely requirements for service risers, ceiling void depth etc.especially for conditioned buildings requiring large amounts of plant. This can draw attention to the overall size requirements of the building and its projected costs, which may lead to alternative means of construction.

[edit] When to consider

At the earliest stage. Elemental level has to be completed before the end of RIBA Stage 2 and component level has to be completed before RIBA Stage 4.

[edit] Step-by-step guidance

Ensure all project team members are aware that there is a time restriction on the achievement of this issue. Therefore, it is important to define RIBA stages at the earliest opportunity and communicate them to all parties involved.

[edit] Questions to ask while seeking compliance

[edit] Tools and resources

Guidance on a compliant LCC analysis can be found in PD 156865:2008 Standardized method of life cycle costing for construction procurement - a supplement to BS ISO 15686-2:2008 Buildings and constructed assets, service life planning - Part 5.

PD 156865: 2008 is often quite a difficult document to get hold of. Ask the team if they have any extracts, search the Wiki for compliance details?

[edit] Tips and best practice

Collaboration between the quantity surveyor (QS), architect and energy assessor at the early stage of the design development would allow calibration of the design for a efficient and cost-effective solution.

[edit] Typical evidence

[edit] Design stage

[edit] Post construction

  • Letter of confirmation from the developer/contractor showing that the lowest LCC option (as selected at design stage) has been implemented.

[edit] Applicable Schemes

The guidelines collated in this ISD aim to support sustainable best practice in the topic described. This issue may apply in multiple BREEAM schemes covering different stages in the life of a building, different building types and different year versions. Some content may be generic but scheme nuances should also be taken into account. Refer to the comments below and related articles to this one to understand these nuances. See this document for further guidelines.

  • UK New Construction 2014
  • UK RFO 2014 (just check that the requirements are slightly different to NC)

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--Multiple Author Article 16:21, 19 Apr 2018 (BST)

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