Sunday, July 24, 2011

Life Cycle Cost Analysis

One of the most important considerations of investors of energy-saving or green building project is knowing if and when the investment will pay off. In order to attract investors there must be assurances that their investment is profitable. Investors, owners and project managers employ various tools to evaluate fiscal feasibility and one of the most effective means for assessing total cost is the Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA).

LCCA is an assessment method that takes into account the fiscal aspects in the acquisition, ownership and disposition of building projects. It can also be brought to bear by project managers to weed out alternative possibilities and focus in on achieving project performance goals. When comparing two or more design alternatives, the Energy Life Cycle Cost Analysis (ELCCA) method can be used. ELCCA is a computer model that accurately quantifies different design alternatives.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Things to Consider When Hiring a Sewer Contractor

Hiring a sewer contractor is necessary whenever new sewer systems are installed or old systems repaired or flushed clean. Since sewer pipes carry away toxic waste materials the system needs to be cleaned and serviced by experienced technicians. If not, raw sewage could be released into the environment.

Any time sewer contractor services are needed it's important to employ reputable companies that are experienced with the type of application involved. Contractors are required to obtain work permits, along with having a business license and insurance coverage prior to performing work on public or private systems.

Sewer pipe installation is a multifaceted process that necessitates precision craftsmanship. Serious consequences can happen if a system is installed improperly or later fails. For this reason, it's vital to hire contractors that are certified and licensed and have obtained specialized training for the scope of work involved.