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Whole Life Costing
Durability by Intent
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The BRE Service Life Assessment Method (BRE-SLAM) is essentially a check that a proposed building (e.g. residential accommodation, offices) or structure (e.g. bridges, roads) will be fit for its intended use and lifecycle. It is intended as a practical tool for owners, facility managers, designers, contractors and any other party with an interest in achieving service life. It is of growing importance to major construction clients.
For example, HM Treasury's procurement guidance1 that applies to around £7.5 billion of Government property procurement2 says decision-makers should ensure that "risks have been properly identified, evaluated, allocated and managed effectively" before investment is made.
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1 Modernising construction, HC 87, Report by the comptroller and auditor general, The Stationery Office, London 2001.
2 Procurement Guidance No 2: Value for Money in Construction Procurement, HM Treasury, London, 1997.