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Bird, B (1987) Costs-in-use: principles in the context of building procurement. Construction Management and Economics, 5(04), S23-S30.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: cost in use; design feedback; life cycle cost; performance
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.1987.10462090
  • Abstract:

    The paper suggests that several factors are responsible for the relatively low level of application of the costs-in-use approach in the UK: attention has focused on costs alone, to the exclusion of performance; assumptions such as the often repeated assertion that increasing capital outlay will reduce running costs have diverted attention from the more fundamental principles of costs-in-use; while the absence of post-occupancy feedback about buildings’ running costs and performance has placed a very real obstacle in the way of widespread acceptance. Ideally, statements about costs and performance should be clearly and explicitly made before the design brief is finalized, using the best information possible and with the client and other interested parties as fully aware as they can be of the commitment into which they are entering. Some clients have recognized that the costs-in-use approach is one that may help in this respect, but their demand is so far largely not yet met.