Building and Operating Costs Versus Rental Income

by Clayford T. Grimm, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Dir.; Center for Building Research, The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tex.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 3, Pg. 355-368

Document Type: Journal Paper


Those who design structures have significant control over most of the nation's wealth. That control is exercised in the initial and operating costs built into structures, the total value of which now accounts for more than half the national wealth. Those who would tell others with what and how to build should be prepared to participate in recommendations on why, where, when and how much to build, which requires real estate investment analysis. A method for such analysis is provided together with means for determining maximum allowable investment equity, maximum allowable increase in initial cost to achieve reduced operating expense, and increase in rental income required to justify changes in initial or operating cost.

Subject Headings: Structural control | Investments | Structural design | Hydraulic structures | Real estate | Structural analysis

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