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Last edited 24 Apr 2020
Value added in construction projects
Value relates to the assessment of the benefits brought by something in relation to the resources needed to achieve it. In the context of construction projects it is normally expressed as a ratio between a function and the whole life cost for that function.
Value = What you get (or want) / What you pay
The term 'gross value added' (GVA) offers a measure of the actual value added by a commodity, excluding the costs of production. This is often used to express the contribution of a good, service, sector or region to the wider economy. For example, in 2014, the construction industry GVA was £113 billion. Ref House of Commons Briefing paper Number 01432, 6 October 2015 Construction industry: statistics and policy.
Focussing exclusively on price can be at the expense of value added features, or 'value for money'. Value added features can increase the worth or benefit of a product or service. However, value added features are often subjective, meaning they are dependent on the perception of the additional worth or benefit.
Manufacturers of construction products for example, will often be competing with a large number of similar products available on the market. It can be beneficial therefore to develop added value 'brand values' that make a particular product more desirable.
- Providing technical support to customers.
- Providing maintenance service such as inspections over a period of time.
- Being active on the social media platforms most relevant to the target audience, providing answers to queries, promoting discussions, updating customers, demonstrating brand values, and so on.
- Providing specific blog content that can help to establish an authoritative ‘voice' in the relevant field.
- Preparing email newsletters that include helpful and informative guides and news items.
- Offering specification tools and apps for the client or end-user. These might include online calculation tools, product selectors and comparisons, e-learning and CPD, media libraries, colour and texture selectors, and so on.
- Offering pre-construction and project management services such as; obtaining project approvals, preparing project budgets, sourcing investors, and so on.
- Offering audits and undertaking repairs.
NB, STAR Procurement (a shared procurement service for Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford Councils), Glossary of Terms, published in May 2019, suggests that added value is: 'An improvement or addition that goes beyond the specification in the tender/contract documents.'
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Best value.
- Gross value added.
- Key performance indicators.
- Market value.
- Quality in construction projects.
- Total quality management in construction.
- Value in building design and construction.
- Value management.
 External resources
- ForConstructionPros - How value added services can improve your construction business bottom line
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