The feasibility study is an essential phase at the base of every project. Unfortunately, it is also very often overlooked or replaced by false beliefs such as "a wooden structure is more expensive". This phase requires an in-depth knowledge of timber combined with a lot of creativity, the ability to work in diverse teams and the willingness to work side by side with the designers/builders/manufacturers to find the best solutions. To do this, a holistic approach is required; an approach that takes into account almost all the possible variables.
At the end of the feasibility study, you will have the tools/info (size and quantity of the elements) to provide precise pricing for the structure and make a clear comparison between different solutions "wood vs wood" and "wood vs other materials".
A "state of the art" feasibility study allows us to answer the most common questions such as "Is it feasible?" or "How much does it cost?". Only after completing this phase, it is possible to really understand if a timber structure is more or less expensive than a concrete/steel or other material.
A "state of the art" feasibility study allows us to answer the most common questions such as “is the project viable?” and “will the project be on budget”, and importantly “what the risks, and how might we contain, mitigate or distribute them?”. Only after completing this phase, it is possible to really understand if a timber structure is the right solution or should the solution be use other material. Without a feasibility study we remain in the theoretical field of hypotheses.
Are you working on a project and wondering if you can use a timber structural solution? Are you looking for highly qualified advice to make your next timber project feasible and cost-effective? Contact us!
Did you know that…?
Using the right material in the right application for the right project is important, and hybrid solutions can often make timber the most efficient material to use!
The Quantity Surveying departments of contractors/builders/developers do not always have sufficient knowledge of timber to make an accurate cost assessment. This often leads to an overestimation of costs, which ironically vetos this sustatinable option to use timber. Ergodomus offers a dedicated cost consulting service to support this QS function.
The international experience gained by Ergodomus allows us to offer a complete service even with different building regulations. We usually work with Eurocodes + Annexes but we have experience with numerous other calculation codes (Canada, USA, South Africa, etc...).