6th Edition

Cost Studies of Buildings

By Allan Ashworth, Srinath Perera Copyright 2015
    570 Pages
    by Routledge

    570 Pages
    by Routledge

    This practical guide to cost studies of buildings has been updated and revised throughout for the 6th edition. New developments in RICS New Rules of Measurement (NRM) are incorporated throughout the book, in addition to new material on e-business, the internet, social media, building information modelling, sustainability, building resilience and carbon estimating.

    This trusted and easy to use guide to the cost management role:

    • Focuses on the importance of costs of constructing projects during the different phases of the construction process
    • Features learning outcomes and self-assessment questions for each chapter
    • Addresses the requirements of international readers

    From introductory data on the construction industry and the history of construction economics, to recommended methods for cost analysis and post-contract cost control, Cost Studies of Buildings is an ideal companion for anyone learning about cost management.

    1. Introduction 2. History of Building Economics 3. The Construction Industry 4. Cost Data 5. Design Economics 6. The Economics of Quality 7. Indices and Trends 8. New Rules of Measurement 9. Cost Analysis 10. Procurement of Construction Projects 11. Taxation, Grants and Investment 12. Cost Research and Innovation 13. Development Appraisal 14. Pre-Tender Price Estimating 15. Cost Planning 16. Cost Modelling 17. Whole Life Costing 1: Factors to Consider 18. Whole Life Cycle Costing 2: Practice 19. Value Management 20. Risk Analysis and Management 21. Post-Contract Cost Control 22. Facilities Management 23. ICT in Construction 24. Economics of Sustainability and Carbon Estimating 25. The Future Directions of Cost Studies of Buildings


    Allan Ashworth is a Visiting Professor in Quantity Surveying at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He was recently a visiting professor at the University of Salford, UK, where he had been involved with the work of Centre for Education in the Built Environment. 

    Srinath Perera is the Chair and Professor of Construction Economics at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK. He has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry and academia, both nationally and internationally. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East regional board. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.