Humble Words June 2014


Everyone wants to save money and make sure they get the best value for their dollar. That certainly is true when you are planning the budget for your next construction project. We understand. There are a lot of dollars at stake. But most people are surprised to learn how the operating costs can dwarf the construction costs over the life of the building.

 Where Can You Save Most
 on the Cost of Your Building?


When you’re about to invest in a new construction project, it seems logical to focus on your capital expenses budget. After all, that’s where the money will need to come from for this new investment. But nearly every organization is surprised to realize that the real opportunity to save money comes from analyzing the operating budget.

  You need to look beyond your capital expenses budget to see the full picture.

To minimize long-term costs and maximize the return on investment on your construction project, you need to involve members from both sides of the budget -- capital and operating expenses -- before you finalize your plans. If you’re wondering why, here’s the simple answer: over the life of your new building, as much as 90% of the total cost of ownership will come from your operating budget. That means the numbers you contemplate for the construction budget account for only 10% of the total building operating cost of that structure.

When you break it down, it’s pretty easy to see where all the money goes. Lighting, heating, cooling and maintenance costs can dwarf a construction budget when you look at it over a 40 or 50 year period. Regardless of new energy sources that are being developed today, nobody expects to be paying less for energy 15 or 20 years from now. The best way to minimize those costs is to build energy efficiency into your building now.

Where does the money go?

Over the lifetime of your building, there are three main areas that drive costs

  1. Initial design and construction costs
  2. Operating costs
  3. Maintenance and replacement costs
  Butler's patented SunLite Strip™ Daylighting System.

Working with Humble Construction, you can minimize your costs in all three areas starting with our turnkey approach: Research. Design. Build. Develop. When you pull us in early in the process, we will bring decades of experience to make sure your project is aimed at your goals from the pre-planning and design stage all the way thought final construction.

Managing your long-term operating and maintenance costs starts with using the right materials when you build. Humble Construction is an official Butler Builder® so we bring the industry’s best roof system and other energy efficient products to your construction project. Butler’s MR-24® roof system is a 40-year solution, which means you will save on maintenance and replacement costs. When you combine that with energy efficient wall systems a daylighting system that can reduce lighting expenses by up to 70% you can see how the numbers really work in your favor.

If you’re ready to think differently about the cost of your building,
download Butler's Total Building Operating Cost brochure. Then call Humble Construction to start the process of lowering your total building operating costs.

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