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Last edited 22 Mar 2021
The term ‘cost’ in the construction industry generally refers to the amount that has to (or will have to) be paid to receive goods or services. It may also have wider interpretations, such as the environmental cost or the social cost of a particular purchase or action, lifecycle costs (rather than capital costs), and so on.
Generally cost is not fixed. There is uncertainty at the beginning of a project about precisely what is required, and whilst this is clarified as the project proceeds and more decisions are made, even when a firm price has been accepted from suppliers, this is likely to change as a result of variations to requirements, events such as exceptionally adverse weather (relevant events), the rate of inflation (fluctuations), and so on.
There are a number of key articles about cost on Designing Buildings Wiki, and each one includes links to further, more detailed information:
- Capital costs.
- Construction costs.
- Construction price and cost indices.
- Cost-benefit analysis in construction.
- Cost control.
- Cost engineering.
- Cost information.
- Cost of building.
- Cost of ownership.
- Cost overruns.
- Cost plans.
- Cost vs price.
- Front-loaded costs.
- Hard costs v soft costs.
- Intangible cost.
- Irrelevant cost.
- Landed cost.
- Lifetime cost.
- Life cycle assessment.
- New Rules of Measurement.
- Operational costs.
- Other development/project costs.
- Quantity surveyor / Cost consultant.
- Relevant cost.
- Resource cost.
- Risk costs.
- Whole life cost.
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