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Aye, L, Bamford, N, Charters, B and Robinson, J (1999) Environmentally sustainable development: a life cycle costing approach for a commercial office building in Melbourne, Australia. In: Hughes, W (Ed.), Proceedings 15th Annual ARCOM Conference, 15-17 September 1999, Liverpool, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 735–42.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: building accommodation options; energy; greenhouse gas; life cycle cost
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 2 7
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar1999-735-742_Aye_et_al.pdf
  • Abstract:
    A range of property and construction options is analysed using standard life cycle costing methodology. The options are to renovate the existing building, buy an alternative building and renovate and buy a development site and construct a new building. The do nothing option and a hypothetical option to construct a new building on an ideal site are analysed as benchmarks. Life cycle costing principles are discussed in particular where assessment difficulties are caused as a result of market pricing and taxation related to energy tariffs, greenhouse gas emissions, tax deductibility and depreciation allowances. The results show that the optimum option is to buy a suitable site and construct a new building and that the least sustainable option, in the case study, is to stay in the existing property and renovate the building. Although staying in the existing building and doing nothing is the lowest financial cost, the energy and greenhouse emissions are significantly worse than the alternative options.