Standard ELEMENTS used by a Quantity Surveyor

When preparing detailed and summary cost plan reports, you may hear Quantity Surveyors referring to Elements, rather than to Trades. This is part of our training and it is a system of cost planning that allows us to comprehensively measure, price and prepare a cost plan for any building at almost any stage of design.

The Elements system acts as a checklist so nothing should be missed. This system provides a consistent way of summarizing and analysing various projects and their costs (and size) for comparisons and bench-marking.

It’s a great little system and means that items (i.e. elements) such as floors, walls and roofs may be priced, or a potential price or cost allowed for, even if no trade, specification or construction information is available.

 An ELEMENT may be defined as a (major) part of a building that always performs the same function or purpose. 

 It performs this function irrespective of its design, trade, specification or project.

  • A ROOF (Element 05 RF) is always a roof, whether it is made of concrete, timber, tin or glass….
  • EXTERNAL WALLS (Element 06 EW) are always the enclosing element of the building, even though they may be made of brick, concrete, timber or tin.
  • The SUBSTRUCTURE (Element 01 SB) is always the lowest floor of the building, and it transmits the load of the building into the soil (i.e. the foundations)


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Facts 46 Standard Elements May 2015

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