When describing an area development project, often the term DBFAGLWI applies: Design, Build, Finance And Good Luck With It! Developing parties quickly lose their interest in delivering results that function and profit well throughout a projects’ life cycle. Sustainable area development requires an approach that focuses on added value throughout the project lifecycle: DBFMORE!
In contracts regarding buildings, the parties traditionally distinguish between design (D), build (B) and finance (F). Innovative contracts not only include the phases of maintenance (M) and operation (O), but also integrate all these five phases. An example of this improved engagement of all the phases is the creation of a design that draws the best possible lessons from the need for optimum maintenance. Or the preparation of financing that takes into account operational costs and revenues. In this structure of five phases, no consideration is given to the lifecycle of a building or infrastructure, and how to integrate recycling, reducing, reusing, renovating, reconstructing, repairing and retrofitting, in short “RE”.
D ↔ B ↔ F ↔ M ↔ O ↔ RE
The idea of DBFMORE is related to the Total Costs of Ownership (TCO) approach and the Cradle to Cradle body of thought. They extend phases to six: D-B-F-M-O-RE. or, as a play on words, DBF and MORE. DBFMORE is a process ideally suited for a client or project manager wanting to integrate sustainability in a project. It also helps project teams who would like to identify lasting opportunities and combinations of their projects. Involving key project stakeholders and/or shareholders helps to generate new and good ideas and start the process of creating added value. DBFMORE can contribute to the resilience of spatial developments within these projects. DBFMORE can also contribute to take a project to the next level and make it multi-functional.
One of the projects that AT Osborne has been responsible for is the remodelling of an existing building of TNT, the Dutch postal company. The renewed building is energy positive, it generates more energy than it consumes. This gives it two functions, it’s both a workspace and an energy generator. Both functions follow from one design and one building process. Both design and finance will have to take into account the costs of building, maintaining and operating sources of renewable energy in comparison with fossil sources. TNT chose this building design because at the end of the day these renewables cost less, both in financial and environmental terms. DBFMORE helps to make comparisons like this and reach a decision.
D ↔ B ↔ F ↔ M ↔ O ↔ RE (Workspace)
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D ↔ B ↔ F ↔ M ↔ O ↔ RE (Building as energy generator)