Planning & Costs

With overhead costs creeping up and budgets cut, it’s more vital than ever to keep buildings running efficiently and plan for costly replacements. 

Knowing when to invest in building fabrics and replace key components isn’t always an exact science, but having a plan in place can be crucially important when forecasting future expenditure and affordability, as well as minimising the risk of expensive surprise failures. 

However, plans can change, so good effective monitoring and reforecasting is essential in keeping your lifecycle plans accurate and relevant. New projects, extensions and reconfigurations may also provide perfect opportunities to combine plans in search of better value for money and minimising disruption. 

Whether you’re looking to maintain the quality of your building or reduce your carbon footprint, a good business case with supporting data is a vital step. 

Read more about how we can help below. 

LIFECYCLE MODELLING & FORECASTING

As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Having foresight of future lifecycle replacement costs as part of a forecasted lifecycle model for your buildings will ensure that you are on the front foot when it comes to understanding future liabilities. 

Utilising asset data and condition survey information, a clear picture can be developed to profile when upcoming lifecycle costs are expected to land. These would include physical asset and equipment replacements, as well as structural repairs and renewal of internal and external finishes. 

When you’ve got that level of detail, you’ll be able to plan ahead and make more strategic replacement decisions to maximise asset life and minimise downtime. You may also be looking to redevelop a building or improve its energy credentials, and taking consideration for how that impacts your future lifecycle costs will be of great importance. 

Whether you are developing a new building and need foresight on future operation costs, or are looking for clarity on your existing portfolio, the team at Assure have a wealth of experience developing new and re-forecasted lifecycle models. 

BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy costs have increased exponentially in recent years, so they have become an even more important expense for building owners and operators. It is therefore more essential than ever to ensure your buildings are not wasting energy unnecessarily. 

However, it’s not always simple to identify exactly where our energy is used but a good first step is conducting a high-level study of your property to identify baseline energy demand, building fabric and insulation qualities, and mechanical & electrical system suitability and performance. 

This can provide a great platform for identifying more specialist surveys and studies around architecture, thermal integrity, air tightness, renewable energy options, and energy. It is also important to consider the impact upon future lifecycle costings and opportunities to improve planned maintenance regimes at the same time before committing to a single solution that may not provide a true long-term benefit. 

Technology is advancing quickly and if you’re not sure where to start our specialist Retrofit team are on hand to walk you through the process step by step towards a greener future. 

SYSTEMS OPTIMISATION

Are your building systems optimised and working efficiently? If not, they could be costing you in unnecessary and expensive utility costs. Many buildings have multiple systems that are responsible for different jobs (for example heating, and cooling) but quite often these systems can be working against each other without realising and increasing the demand for energy. 

It is also always advisable to have a robust planned maintenance regime in place to ensure equipment is running smoothly, but having your critical systems reviewed can also identify inefficiencies and opportunities to optimise your building’s demand for energy, all while reducing costs. It’s a win-win. 

If you need some support or advice on how to get the most from your mechanical and electrical systems, the Assure team are a call away. 

Speak to one of our team members about how we can support with planning & costs.