Organisation argues that record spending in 2018 for building controls highlights the growing importance of their inclusion at the design stage of a project
The construction and building services sectors are being urged to invest in ensuring sufficient building controls are in place at the design stage of commercial projects to ensure improved cost and operating efficiencies.
Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) president Jon Belfield said that it was vital that planning for effective controls in a buildings design should not be underestimated during design and planning.
He said, “By investing more in building controls right from the start of construction projects, building user satisfaction will increase and the operational costs over the lifecycle of the building will be significantly reduced.”
The BCIA’s calls have been made to try and build awareness of the ‘10 80 10’ concept that reflects the predicted lifetime costs of a structure. This dictates that 10 per cent of the costs of a building are invested during construction, with 80 per cent of spending expected to go on operating the building. The final 10 per cent is linked to dismantling and demolition of a building.
BCIA added, “The majority of the operational budget is accounted for by the running of building services which includes air conditioning, heating, lighting and ventilation.”
The organisation cited findings from the Royal Academy of Engineering that found that for every £1 spent on a building, an additional £5 was required to maintain the structure. These costs increased to £200 when operating a building over the course of its lifetime.
BCIA added, “However, too often the £1 spent in the construction phase is squeezed by value engineering and the potential maintenance and operational efficiency benefits are not realised. This is particularly evident with the BEMS where connected points are paired back, metering is removed or commissioning time is cut short.”
Findings from the organisation’s Market Information Services (MIS) found that £654.8m had been spent on building controls and BEMS in the UK during the course of 2018 – a record amount for the industry. The figures, which amount to a 0.3 per cent increase over the same time the previous year, were seen as a reflection of the growing importance assigned to building controls in construction.