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When buying something for the house, such as heating appliances or anything that we generally understand as installations or a system, we usually face a dilemma. Whether to look for the cheapest option, taking into account the purchase cost only, or to take into consideration long-term operating costs. Let’s look at it through the eyes of the investor.


LCC will be easier if we realize that we are providing the investor with meaningful input for making decisions about the design, development and use of the product.

FOR THE SAKE OF THE INVESTOR It is the investor, usually the owner, who will use the installation in the long term that should be interested in following the LCC method. The contractor, project supervisor, developer or tenant may have different calculations of such costs, resulting primarily from the short-term interest in the installation. Here, the owner investor should impose minimum durability limits for the above mentioned cost-generating factors. He should impose limits and contractual costs on the parameters he is particularly interested in, in order to eliminate the undesirable effects of low durability of the facility and, as a result, high costs.

The ISO 14040 standard concerning lifecycle assessment of a product have become the element stimulating the implementation of the LCC method. We know that we can buy the socalled high-end pumps, boilers or fittings or a similar product for half or even a third of the price. Obviously, the brand, the opinion of the designer and installer as well as the opinion of the investor shaped by the manufacturer’s advertising and marketing activities will play a significant role in the final price of the device. It is not without a reason that we see advertisements that are meant to warm us up at all sports events, especially in winter. But in addition to factors which determine the costs, what should really matter is the durability and reliability of the investment. A durable and reliable product cannot be cheap. Let’s put this view away; quality must cost money. In fact, the ‘poor’ cannot afford a cheap product, a similar analogy to that of clothes, which should be good and durable, so that they can be used for years.

he first thought when it comes to investments in the installation of our building, be it in a house, company or office, is how much money I need to get the projected result. If we can afford the cost of the investment, then we believe that’s it. It is only after a while that you start to you wonder whether it is worth doing so. Are initial costs the only ones to be taken into account? This is what the LCC (life cycle cost) method is for - from the idea for the investment, through the design, purchase of equipment and cost of implementation, to long-term operation, its costs, planned repairs, such as replacement of subassemblies through the costs of investment liquidation, scrapping and disposal. It seems to be a difficult and expensive idea to program our investment so that the total costs of the equipment are the lowest over the entire period of use, i.e. at least a few years. Isn’t it better to buy the device of the same functionality, but the cheapest? Regrettably, this is the concept that public tenders most often follow, but usually they are not win-win situations. Anyway, that has been the case so far.



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