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Last edited 30 Dec 2021
According to the Uniclass classifications, ‘elements’ are: '…multi-trade built objects, made up of several systems, collectively serving a common purpose. They start life as un-designed objects such as ‘external walls’ with performance attributes such as U-values attached, but become steadily more defined as design decisions are made during the project.'
NRM1: Order of cost estimating and cost planning for capital building work, defines an element as: '...a major part of a group element (e.g. the elements that create group element 3: Internal finishes are 3.1:Wall finishes, 3.2: Floor finishes, and 3.3: Ceiling finishes).A separate cost target can be established for each element.'
Where, 'group element' means: '...the main headings used to describe the facets of an elemental cost plan (i.e. Substructure; Superstructure; Internal finishes; Fittings, furnishings and equipment; Services; Complete buildings and building units;Work to existing buildings; External works; Facilitating works; Main contractor’s preliminaries; Main contractor’s overheads and profit; Project/design team fees; Other development/project costs; Risks; and Inflation).'
Faster, Smarter, More Efficient: Building Skills for Offsite Construction, published by CITB in April 2017, defines element as: ‘Items manufactured offsite and put together with other components to make a whole product.’
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