Intelligent building lifecycle cost calculator
CABA in partnership with RSMeans, a Reed Construction Data company, announces a “proof of concept” beta test and actively seeks feedback from the engineering industry.
What is the Intelligent Building Life Cycle Calculator? A Web-based tool, the Life Cycle Calculator allows users to choose, evaluate, view, and save customized reports for return on investment (ROI) of intelligent buildings. The tool includes the RSMeans Square Foot Models for initial construction costs, RSMeans Facilities Maintenance & Repair, Preventive Maintenance & Repair for operational costs, as well as building automation controls in Means Assembly databases.
The final calculated result provides a report outlining initial assembly costs and a 10-year cost analysis for ROI applicable to intelligent fully integrated building automation controls. The purpose of the tool is to provide a comprehensive, user-friendly tool to allow owners, facility managers, architects and engineers to evaluate, model and assess intelligent building automation systems and its impact on life cycle costs of proposed and existing building inventory.
How does it work?
Any user can go to: measuresthatmatter.com/caba/
1. Click on location of interest
2. Choose a typical RSMeans building model
3. For best comparative results, choose varying types of intelligent technologies
4. Select report and print
To participate in the beta test, there is a form provided for organizations that would like to have their buildings included and evaluated by RSMeans. The goal of the test is to receive feedback from the industry about features such as ease of use, data requirements, and price value.
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