We developed new guidance for the Learning Network for Sustainable Healthcare Buildings (SHINE) about how sustainability and whole life costing can have an impact on the sustainability ‘footprint’ of a project. The guide provides a steer on conducting an options appraisal, using whole life costing techniques and it shows the impact of a number of sustainability interventions. Some of these big ‘sustainability wins’ are often not incorporated into designs because they are not appraised early enough in a project, or from a whole life perspective, which can lead to expensive redesigns as the scheme develops.
Step 1 - Research: Our approach was to speak with and interview a number of experts.
Step 2 - Early draft: Based on our research we produced an early draft introducing the importance of considering whole life costs and sustainability when considering various design options.
Step 3 - Workshop to test assumptions: We conducted a workshop to test a number of our assumptions with a number of key players in the industry. The guide and its assumptions were tested on a SHINE steering group which contained a number of experts.
Step 4 - Production of the final guide: This is a pioneering guide, it is the first time whole life costs and sustainability have been analysed in the NHS setting.
Faithful+Gould was instrumental in producing the ISO 15686 Standard Method of Life Cycle Costing, the methods of which helped contribute to the guidance given to SHINE. Outcome: Clear guidance on how whole life costing and sustainability can improve sustainability in construction projects in the NHS.