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Whole life costing and performance (WLC)

Whole life costing (WLC) is a powerful tool for calculating the lowest cost options for the entire commercial life of a building. It encourages the use of best value building designs and reduces the costs and disruption of unplanned repairs and maintenance.

Best value design and specification

Knowledge of a building's costs over its full life span is important in achieving best value from both the capital costs of constructing the building, and the related ongoing costs of operating it. WLC helps you to make well informed design decisions, and to select the most suitable building materials, components and systems.  

Better building performance

Whole life costing will enable you to minimise disruptions from otherwise unforeseen problems, for example from unexpected failure of building components that must then be replaced or repaired. A planned and costed maintenance programme (as part of WLC) minimises the risks of unexpected costs, disturbance and loss of income.

Durability assessment

Our durability assessment service defines your requirements for the durability of a building, and assesses design, specification and construction proposals against these. This will help you to reduce repair and disruption costs, minimise waste and achieve more sustainable construction.

Our services are supported by extensive knowledge and experience of building and component defects, and, where data on future performance is unavailable, our ability to gather and assess anecdotal evidence. They will help you make important decisions such as:

  • Rebuild or refurbish
  • Impacts of positioning and building massing
  • The design most appropriate, sustainable and efficient for the business
  • Best life-cycle value of specifications, for example, aluminium windows or timber
  • Best life-cycle value of component standard, for example, mill finish or pre-finished aluminium roof decking