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How much of a building’s cost goes on energy, maintenance and refurbishment?

When it comes to calculating a building’s cost, the focus is often on the immediate expenditure such as design and construction. While the emphasis tends to be on materials, labour and fees, it’s interesting to learn that these initial outgoings comprise just 10% of a building’s lifecycle costs, with another 10% spent on disposal. The remaining 80% represents ownership, occupation and maintenance fees, yet this area is often overlooked as it accounts for future spending.

Concentrating on long-term running costs such as maintenance, refurbishment and energy usage should be a priority for building owners and managers. Regular servicing of essential machinery such as HVAC systems maximises equipment life and energy efficiency, and the installation of variable-speed drives can reduce electricity bills by as much as 60%. In fact, the savings achievable with a variable-speed drive in electric motor-driven applications can see the equipment itself paid for within just 12 months.

Gibbons Engineering Group provide life-cycle services to a wide range of sectors, including industrial, commercial and healthcare, with maintenance, refurbishment and repair carried out by our expert engineers. We can also identify energy-saving opportunities to help building managers cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

For more information, call us on 01621 868138 or email and one of our friendly team will be happy to help. 

HVAC Services, Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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