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Building Life Cycle Cost and Quality Management

Evaluation of building quality has hitherto been focussed more on measurement of ‘Initial Quality or Time Zero Quality’ rather than ‘Quality Over Building Life’. The continual strive for higher quality and developments in the Total Quality Management paradigm has led to greater awareness of the need to adopt a life cycle approach in assessing building quality, reliability and costs when considering investments in new and existing buildings.

Building quality over time will depend on the performance of building systems and components with the aim to contain cost-in-use within the limits predicted at design and planning. A building’s ‘Global Life’ is influenced by variables such as changing user needs and natural ageing of materials and components, the former may bring on the end of building ‘Functional Life’ and ‘Economic Life’ before the end of its ‘Physical Life’. The temporal horizons for projecting and planning building investments should thus be factored when defining a building’s useful life; this will involve procedures and tools to measure and evaluate building quality and costs over its life cycle.

The course will provide knowledge on Building Life Cycle Quality and Cost Parameters and Tools to measure and evaluate these parameters and will cover:

  • The Concept of Building Performance
  • Definitions of Building Quality Performance Parameters
  • Building Life Cycle Design Management
  • Building Life Cycle Technical Management
  • Evaluation of Building Cost-in-Use
  • Building Life Cycle Management & Maintenance

Defining Building Performance

  • Concept of Building Performance
  • Performance Parameters & Measures


Building Obsolescence & Quality Parameters

  • Building Obsolescence
  • Building Quality Parameters


Design Management

  • Defining Life Cycle Requirements
  • Life-Cycle Quality Measures
  • Evaluating Designs


Building Cost-in-Use

  • Operating & Maintenance Costs
  • Life-Cycle Costs


Technical Quality Management

  • Building Ageing, Defects & Technical Performance
  • Assessing Technical Performance Over Time
  • Technical Assessment Standardisation
  • Technical Requirements & Maintenance Priority

Building Life Cycle Management

  • Performance Evaluation Over Time
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation: Facility Audit
  • Legislations for Life Cycle Management

Dr Quah Lee Kiang PhD, MSc (Maintenance Management), BSc Building, FRICS

Dr Quah is the Director of the Real Estate and Construction Centre & the Real Estate & Construction Academy in Singapore. She has extensive regional and international experience in Project and Facilities Management & Maintenance research, advice and academia. Dr Quah’s professional and research affiliations include being Coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Working Commission 70 on Facilities Management and Maintenance, past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Singapore Centre and, member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Asia Board, Singapore Board and Asia Pacific Sustainability Board.

Dr Quah led the EU funded project BE4213 Condition Assessment and Maintenance Strategies for Buildings and Building Components, which among other things, sought to develop an objective building condition assessment system. This project formed part of ongoing research over the last 20 years which culminated in Dutch Standard NEN 2767 on ‘Condition Assessment Built Environment.’ NEN 2767 forms the basis of CEN TS/17385:  ‘Method for Condition Assessment of Immobile Constructed Assets’.

Dr Quah was recognised at the Outstanding FM Mentor Award (Academic) at the Singapore International Facility Management Association (SIFMA Facilities Management Expert Summit (FMES) 2022. She was conferred an Honorary Fellow by Oxford Brookes University for her work in real estate and construction education and the unusual impact her career has had on this particular academic field in Asia.

Option 1 (Face-to-Face)Venue: Unit #04-08, Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability
80 Jurong East St 21, Singapore 609607

Option 2 (Live Streaming via RECC Elearning Portal)Username and password will be assigned on receipt of registration and course fees

$615 nett per person. Course fees includes full colour course documentation and refreshments at tea breaks.

NTUC members may claim up to $250 under the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP).

The course has been approved for 7 PDU units under the PE Board Continuing Professional Development programme. Attendance certificates will be issued; they may also be suitable for meeting the CPD requirements of other relevant professional bodies not operating a CPD course accreditation system.

The course will benefit those who have a vested interest in buildings including:

  • Developers
  • Building Owners
  • Government Officials
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Contractors/Sub-Contractors/Suppliers
  • Property Managers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Management Corporations
  • Town Councils
  • and Others

Cancellations made one week before the scheduled commencement date of the course will be subjected to an administrative fee of $100.00. The full fee of $615.00 will be payable thereafter for any cancellation; substitutions can be made at any time.

Mr Ken Chew
Tel: 6563 4166
Fax: 6563 4156 

It may be necessary for reasons beyond RECC’s control, to change the content and timing of the programme and the identity of the course leader/s.

1 Day Training Course

25th Run

Building Life Cycle Cost and Quality Management

Performance Measures & Evaluation Methods
Qualified for 7 PDUs by PE Board

$615.00 / person

Course Date & Venue:

Thursday 1 Aug 2024

Course Objectives

The course will provide knowledge on Building Life Cycle Quality and Cost Parameters and Tools to measure and evaluate these parameters and will cover.

Important Note:

NTUC members may claim up to $250 under the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP).

Number of Participants: