Productivity Impacts in Building Life-Cycle Cost Analysis.
Productivity Impacts in Building Life-Cycle Cost
Lippiatt, B. C.; Weber, S. F.
NISTIR 4762; 29 p. February 1992.
Sponsor:General Services Administration, Washington, DC
Available from: National Technical Information Service
life cycle cost analysis; building design; building
economics; building environment; building performance;
multi-attribute decision analysis; decision analysis;
net benefits method; productivity measurement;
Since employee salaries far exceed building costs,
higher-priced office designs that enhance productivity
may make economic sense. A method for including
productivity benefits in building economic analysis
could account for productivity differences among design
alternatives. Two suitable economic methods are the net
benefits method and the multi-attribute decision
analysis method. The methods and their data
requirements are described. Each is illustrated with a
hypothetical case application. The methods are compared
with respect to a set of evaluation criteria, including
compatibility with life-cycle cost analysis, ease of
use, data requirements, and form of results. Based on
this evaluation, the net benefits method is recommended
as most appropriate for including employee productivity
in building economic analysis.