Life Cycle and Operating Costs

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Influencing life cycle costs

Intep supports owners, operators and planners in determining and optimizing future operating costs from as early on as the planning phase. With an overall view of the entire life cycle of the real estate, cost efficiency can be max-imized and the building's potential can be exploited from a structural and operational perspective.

In order to influence the profitability of a property, the greatest opportunities for influencing  life cycle costs exist in the early planning phase. The operating costs, which include in particular management, cleaning, inspection, maintenance, and supply and disposal, together with the costs of repair and periodic renewal, make up the largest part of the life cycle costs. Viewed over the entire life cycle of a property, the operating, maintenance and renewal costs can often exceed the cost of the investment.


We understand the key drivers of operating cost impacts and manage them through early identification of life cycle costs and an integral view of the entire life cycle of a property. In addition to the building geometry, the floor plan concept, the type of construction and the choice of materials in a property, operating costs are also heavily influenced by performance standards and property-specific as well as operational solutions. We support you with the comparison of variants in order to develop the most economical solution for your property and to identify cost drivers. We use benchmarking to draw conclusions for the analysis and identify optimization potentials.


IFMA model for life cycle costing of real estate

To determine life cycle costs, we use the model from IFMA Switzerland (International Facility Management Association), which is applied as a recognized industry standard. This was developed by IFMA with project partners and representatives of GEFMA (German Facility Management Association). The application tool is used to determine the life cycle costs per year, per square meter or use-specific key figure (e.g. per workplace) in different project phases on the basis of various project-specific factors (area key figures, materialization and construction concepts, performance standards and construction costs). The resulting key figures or characteristic values are used for comparison and optimization of investment decisions, as well as a basis and indicators for sustainability certification such as 2000-watt sites, SNBS and DGNB.

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