06 Jan '12, 4pm

How Lifecycle Cost Analysis Can Make a Better Case for Green Building

How Lifecycle Cost Analysis Can Make a Better Case for Green Building

Steven Forrester's small Colorado engineering firm is 4 years old. While he started DMA Engineering during tough economic times, he is holding his own because of clients like the city of Louisville, where his firm recently designed a solar thermal lap pool for a city recreation center. In a competitive environment where many small firms have closed their doors, one of the ways DMA sets itself apart from other firms, large and small, is by incorporating lifecycle cost analysis, or LCCA, into nearly all projects at no cost to the client. "When we present a design, 99 percent of the time, we do LCCA, " says Forrester. "It shows we bring added value." In the case of the solar-heated pool, the facilities manager had to go to City Council members for approval. The LCCA demonstrated the financial incentive to do the project. Forrester uses LCCA mainly to compare different types o...

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