intecplan firmly believes in our responsibility to future generations. This is reflected of course in the things we build today. We need to remain aware of this constantly, particularly when dealing with properties which are to have a long life cycle. The questions surrounding how environmentally friendly a building truly is are not decided by today’s standards alone. These are answered by factors over the entire useful life of the building and, often, beyond.
Sustainability has therefore always been a key concern for intecplan and was so long before terms such as “green building” were ever coined. Keeping this at the core of all we do, we think of this term more comprehensively than most others do even today. We don’t simply ask, “What will it cost to build this one piece of property or how can we optimize energy use and operational expense?” We focus on the true “costs” of a property throughout its entire life cycle.
Initial construction costs make up only a small portion of this total. The majority of costs are those that are first incurred over the entire course of a building’s existence: energy consumption, deterioration, maintenance, the need for repairs or upgrades, removal or dismantling. This is where one learns whether planning and implementation were truly “sustainable” or if they simply produced short-term effects without long-term meaning.