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Adding Value by Integrating Lifecycle Considerations into the Design Process


Patrick Daniels, AIA, LEED AP BD+C & O+M, Alpha Facilities Solutions


CE Sessions
1.00 HSW
1.00 SD/GBCI
1.00 LUH


Friday, November 8, 2013
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Class Code: 90

Room / Location

Room 103 AB / Convention Center First Floor


Owner groups have typically defined time and budget as the ultimate metric of design and construction performance. As a result, project delivery systems have been developed to incentivize these objectives above all others. Project delivery methods (particularly Design Bid Build) contractually reward architects and contractors to deliver the least expensive building in the shortest amount of time. Accordingly, low project overheads are often achieved through the selection of materials and systems with low purchase and installation costs - yielding the often unintended consequence of decreased lifecycle performance and increased operating expense.

Over the life of a building, the fee associated with design and construction typically comprises less than 15% of the owner's total cost of ownership - in contrast, operations and maintenance, utilities, financing, and staffing expenses, may represent up to 85%. Architects aware of the financial impact of their design decisions are better able to 1. minimize ownership expense, while simultaneously improving project quality, and 2. maximize lifecycle performance early in the design process, rather than compelling owners to remediate sub-optimized systems after the building is complete. Effectively communicating the "total cost" of materials and systems selections on lifecycle performance provides more complete and accurate information to owner groups and decision makers.


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