Last edited 03 Sep 2020


The Building Cost Information Service (BCIS), Elemental Standard Form of Cost Analysis Principles, Instructions, Elements and Definitions 4th (NRM) Edition published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2012, describes the rules for preparing an elemental cost analysis in standard BCIS format.

According to BCIS, the term 'superstructure' includes:

This excludes; the substructure, finishes, fittings, furnishings, equipment and services.

Some broader definitions simply consider the superstructure to include all works above ground level, although clearly, this is a fairly ambiguous description.

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