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Life Cycle Cost Anaysis of Pumps

Life Cycle Cost Analylais (LCCA) when measuring flow, delivery/suction pressure, voltage/amperes and media level within wet wells is essential to determine optimum pump performance. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 135, 1995 edition, defines Life Cycle Cost (LCC) as “the total discounted dollar cost of owning, operating, maintaining, and disposing of a building or a building system” over a period of time.  Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) is an economic evaluation technique that determines the total cost of owning and operating a facility over a period of time.

Life Cycle Cost Analysis can be performed on large and small buildings or on isolated building systems.  Many building owners apply the principles of life cycle cost analysis in decisions they make regarding construction or improvements to a facility.  From the homeowner who opts for vinyl siding in lieu of wood to the federal highway commission that chooses concrete paving over asphalt, both owners are taking into consideration the future maintenance and replacement costs in their selections.  While initial cost is a factor in their decisions, it is not the only factor.

Life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) is a method for assessing the total cost of facility ownership. It takes into account all costs of acquiring, owning, and disposing of a building or building system.  LCCA is especially useful when project alternatives that fulfil the same performance requirements, but differ with respect to initial costs and operating costs, have to be compared in order to select the one that maximizes net savings.  For example, LCCA will help determine whether the incorporation of a high-performance HVAC or glazing system, which may increase initial cost but result in dramatically reduced operating and maintenance costs, is cost-effective or not.  LCCA is not useful for budget allocation. Lowest life-cycle cost (LCC) is the most straightforward and easy-to-interpret measure of economic evaluation.  Some other commonly used measures are Net Savings (or Net Benefits), Savings-to-Investment Ratio (or Savings Benefit-to-Cost Ratio), Internal Rate of Return, and Payback Period.  They are consistent with the Lowest LCC measure of evaluation if they use the same parameters and length of study period. Building economists, certified value specialists, cost engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, operations researchers, and others might use any or several of these techniques to evaluate a project.  The approach to making cost-effective choices for building-related projects can be quite similar whether it is called cost estimating, value engineering, or economic analysis.