Traditionally, building procurement was undertaken without further consideration as to the costs which would be incurred from acquisition to disposal. For all intents and purposes, such buildings were, amongst other things, to provide occupants with safe and secure shelter and deliver positive revenue streams and returns to the developer/registered proprietor/landlord. The registered proprietor/landlord has an obligation to ensure the building is maintained to an acceptable standard, which would require operation, maintenance, and repairs or replacement to building components and materials that had depreciated, failed and/or become obsolete. On the basis that buildings are long-term assets, attending to regular operation, maintenance and repairs or replacement was not only time consuming, but affected potentially favourable returns (Ellingham & Fawcett 2006; Kelly, Morledge & Wilkinson, 2008).
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"Life-cycle costing and the procurement of new buildings: The future direction of the construction industry,"
Public Infrastructure Bulletin: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/pib/vol1/iss8/5