- Costs are calculated using standard procedures with full flexibility in inputs and detailed tabular outputs.
- The construction cost tool is suitable for use with early design stage cost planning, life-cycle analysis and cost-benefit optimisation studies.
- Options are provided for NRM1 (RICS, UK) and UNIFORMAT II (ASTM, US and Canada) as well as a basic building only approach.
- Calculations are based on model surface areas and component cost rates along with the extra data required for the NRM1 and UNIFORMAT II standards.
- Output reports break down the costs according to the selected standard.
- Calculate building operational costs using standard procedures.
- Even the most complex utility tariff structures can be modelled using EnergyPlus with options to buy or sell (using a feed-in tariff) including flat charges, fixed rates and options for ratchets, qualifies and variables.
Life cycle analysis
- Provides data on the long-term cost of the building construction, operation and maintenance. This can help the design team to assess the cost of construction for design features against the corresponding impact on long-term utility and maintenance costs.
- Life cycle analysis applies standard procedures include consideration of:
- Recurring costs such as maintenance and repair
- Non-recurring costs such end of life salvage
- Discount rates
- Price escalation
- Use adjustment
The Cost module can be used standalone for pure construction cost modelling, but the Simulation and HVAC modules are both required for calculating utility and life-cycle costs. For cost-benefit optimisation studies the Optimisation module is also required.