In the wake of growing environmental concerns, the construction industry is undergoing a profound transformation, with sustainability taking centre stage. Amid this pivotal shift, our role as Quantity Surveyor has become increasingly instrumental in steering construction projects toward a more sustainable future.

By integrating expertise in cost management, materials assessment, and project co-ordination, Quantity Surveyors are playing a crucial role in fostering sustainable construction practices.

  1. Assessing and Managing Sustainable Materials: Quantity Surveyors are tasked with evaluating the environmental impact of construction materials and identifying sustainable alternatives that can minimise the project’s carbon footprint. Our proficiency in material procurement and cost analysis allows us to recommend eco-friendly alternatives that strike a balance between environmental impact and cost-efficiency.
  2. Cost-Effective Sustainable Solutions: One of the primary challenges in sustainable construction projects is often the perception of increased costs. Quantity Surveyors bring cost management expertise to the table, helping project teams navigate the intricate terrain of sustainable construction within predefined budgets. By providing detailed cost assessments, we assist in making informed decisions that prioritise sustainable solutions without compromising financial viability.
  3. Implementing Green Building Practices: Quantity Surveyors actively participate in implementing green building practices by ensuring compliance with sustainability standards and regulations. A meticulous approach to project planning and budgeting facilitates the integration of renewable energy sources, energy-efficient systems, and water-saving technologies, thereby fostering environmentally conscious construction practices.
  4. Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Sustainability initiatives often come with inherent risks and uncertainties. Quantity Surveyors employ analytical skills to identify potential risks associated with sustainable construction methods and devise strategies to mitigate them effectively. By conducting comprehensive risk assessments, we contribute to the development of resilient and sustainable construction plans that minimise adverse environmental impacts and financial risks.
  5. Collaboration and Communication: Quantity Surveyors act as effective intermediaries between various stakeholders, including architects, engineers, contractors, and clients. Through effective communication and collaboration, we can facilitate a shared understanding of the project’s sustainability objectives, ensuring that all parties remain aligned with the overarching sustainability goals throughout the construction process.
  6. Monitoring and Evaluation of Sustainable Practices: Throughout the construction lifecycle, Quantity Surveyors monitor the implementation of sustainable practices, tracking their effectiveness and identifying areas for improvement. By employing robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, we are able to provide valuable insights into the performance of sustainable initiatives, enabling stakeholders to make informed decisions for future projects
  7. Life Cycle Costing Plans (LCC): LCC plans provide an estimate of the entire cost of an asset, or parts of an asset, over a prescribed period including; initial construction costs, maintenance operating, occupancy costs and end of life costs.  What are the benefits to the client of an LCC?
  • LCC provides Clients with an appreciation of the entire cost of an asset over its anticipated life expectancy. This allows informed decision-making during option appraisals and business case approvals as various options being considered can be evaluated on a life cycle basis in addition to the initial capital investment requirements.
  • LCC plans also provide a robust cash flow forecast for the revenue budgeting for future financial years.  The forecast annual expenditure can be adjusted for the time value of money; i.e. net present value, etc.  This can also be used to inform impairment and depreciation calculations by the Client’s finance teams.
  • Modus have provided Life Cycle Costing reports at various stages of project design for several schemes including Emergency Department Expansion at William Harvey Hospital – Ashford, a Student Accommodation Scheme in Bermondsey and an Assisted Living Scheme in Bracknell.
  1. Embodied Carbon Assessments: Whilst Quantity Surveyors are not directly responsible for producing them, our Cost Plan quantities are often used to create built-in carbon assessments. Built-in carbon assessments, also known as embodied carbon assessments, are evaluations of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the production and lifecycle of building materials. These assessments are critical for understanding the environmental impact of construction projects and for making decisions that can reduce carbon footprints.

To conclude, the role of a Quantity Surveyor in sustainable construction projects transcends traditional cost management responsibilities, encompassing a holistic approach that integrates sustainable principles into every facet of the construction process. By leveraging our expertise, we hope to drive the industry toward a more environmentally responsible and financially viable future, ultimately contributing to the global effort to create a sustainable built environment for generations to come.