Value management, or value engineering, is the process of changing aspects of a design to meet both aesthetic and budget requirements. Our Price and Spec tool was created to allow designers and installers to create and customise a design while receiving pricing and specification data in real time.
Watch our video below to see how the projects below are re-created in Price and Spec in both a premium and value managed version. While Sculptform offers a range of premium materials, often a similar design intent can be achieved for a lower cost by changing some aspects of the sequence. Price and Spec allows complete customisation of a sequence and provides real-time pricing to allow users to make fully informed design decisions.
The sequence above, a suspended ceiling installed in an apartment building, uses a premium timber in Burnt Ash. While this provides the exact look envisioned by the designer, it drives the price up. By swapping to a species such as Spotted Gum and a few other small changes, a similar look can be achieved but for a fraction of the cost. In our example the price changes from $669.85 per square metre to $256.95. This is a saving of $412.90 per square metre.
To put this in context, a project which requires 300sqm of the sequence would save $123,960.00
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Our next sequence shown in the video uses 60x32mm Flute Click-on battens in a Queensland hospital. Again the species used is a premium American White Oak, which combined with thicker battens, drives the price up. By simply swapping the species to Victorian Ash, which looks quite similar – and changing the battens to 60x19mm, we can create drastically lower the square metre rate.