New Research Into the Cost of Achieving Sustainable Buildings

GWP Project Services recently attended a seminar detailing research by Sweett Group challenging the perception that sustainable buildings are necessarily more costly to build.

By applying cost data from real construction projects to three case study buildings – an office, a secondary school and a community healthcare centre – detailed capital and operational cost information has been obtained.

The study undertaken investigated the capital costs of design and construction strategies that enhance building sustainability and help to achieve BREEAM ratings. They include low-cost or no-cost actions that can readily be used to enhance building sustainability (‘quick wins’), and those initiatives that must be built into the project by the end of concept stage to minimise their costs. Detailed cost information for a wide selection of these actions is presented in this report. Click here to order your copy.

Yetunde Abdul of BRE said: “This study adds to a growing body of work on the costs and value of sustainability.

“It provides further strong evidence that a sustainable approach need not add significantly to building costs.

“And, where there are additional capital costs, these can be repaid relatively quickly through the reduced costs of operating the building.”

Adam Mactavish for Sweett Group, said: “This report provides a practical resource to help developers and their project teams target and then deliver buildings that meet high standards of environmental performance.”