Olubodun, Femi, Kangwa, Joseph, Oladapo, Adebayo Akanbi and Thompson, Judith
An appraisal of the level of application of life cycle costing within the construction industry in the UK.
Structual Survey, 28
Purpose – Life cycle costing (LCC) is a means of comparing design options on the basis of their whole life cost with the objective of providing value for money for the life of the asset. The process involves estimating all the cost elements of the particular subject and translating them into a cost at a particular point in time, the present, enabling comparison. Despite being in theory, a useful tool LCC appears to experience varied levels of usage. Varied opinions have been expressed about the level to which LCC is used but there is no doubt that private finance initiatives and public-private partnerships procurement routes have seen an increase in the use of the technique. The paper aims to appraise levels of application within the construction industry, in particular the paper will evaluate the existence of motivators and barriers which affect the decision to undertake LCC analysis in order to identify what actions can be taken to increase usage levels. Design/methodology/approach – Following a literature review, empirical research was undertaken to collect data from construction professionals regarding their views, opinions and experiences of LCC. In total, 100 questionnaires were sent to construction and professionals in the NorthWest of England. Findings – The paper suggests that whilst just over 50 per cent of the sample implemented LCC the data also identified the lack of understanding of the technique and the absence of a standardised methodology as key limiting factors to wider implementation. Research limitations/implications – Limitations in both the data collection strategy and sample size raise the issue that the results obtained cannot necessarily be deemed to be representative of the construction industry as a whole but merely of the sample and further research is recommended. Originality/value – The paper concludes that continued professional development for construction professionals and clients alike together with the development of standardised procedures may enhance usage levels. Keywords Life cycle costs, Construction industry, United Kingdom
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Construction industry; Life cycle costs; United Kingdom