The presentation of research into permeable pavement using Autocase marked the end of Kirstin Richie’s work with us. Kirstin is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. We were sorry to see her go but happy to see her work presented. “The Costs and Benefits of Permeable Pavement at the Neighbourhood Scale – Using Autocase for Sites” was presented […]

Master builder is a job, if not a name, that is coming back into vogue. The reason is that master builder is a good description of the role construction firms are now playing in public private partnerships (P3s). In P3s, the design, bid, build (and sometime operate and maintain) process for buildings and infrastructure is undertaken by a consortium led […]

A new version of Autocase for Buildings is in beta testing and over the next few posts we’ll share some of the features you can expect to see come October. We take water for granted and we over-use it and under-price it. It is more valuable than the money we pay to use it. Consider a data center that uses […]

A new version of Autocase for Buildings is in beta testing and over the next few posts we’ll share some of the features you can expect to see come October. We have grown a lot of plants in our office this year. Blessed with large windows facing south and west we have grown flowers and vegetables from seed. The first […]

A new version of Autocase for Buildings is in beta testing and over the next few posts we’ll share some of the features you can expect to see come October. Midsummer in most offices is a battle over control of the thermostat. Shawls and sweaters are draped over shivering shoulders while others with shorts and T-shirts swelter and gasp. There […]

The City of Phoenix Green Infrastructure Cost-Benefit Study is now available online. You can access the report here. Given the importance of heat stress in Phoenix, instead of using historical temperatures Autocase incorporated future climate change in to its analysis. “More than 155 people died from heat-related causes in the Phoenix area last year, a new record in a place where the […]

Before we created the Autocase family of TBL-CBA software, our team of economists, along with engineers and architects conducted numerous custom assessments as consultants. Our collective knowledge is now reflected in Autocase, but, we have to admit, there were some moments along the way when we were caught off-guard and ran into some tricky traps: practices, policies and thinking that […]

Number 10 in our TBL-CBA traps series (and the last one). 10. Mixing Nominal and Real All the costs, benefits and discount rate should be either in nominal (current year) dollars or real (constant) dollars. Don’t mix real dollars and nominal discount rates or vice versa. Most economists recommend being real and staying real (man). That said, the preference for […]

Number 9 in our TBL-CBA traps series. 9.      Ignoring the Vast Collection of Ecosystem Services Research A lot of smart people have spent a lot of time over the last two decades putting values on ecosystem goods and services (e.g. clean air, fresh water, habitat protection). There has been an explosion of research and growing consensus and convergence in these […]

Number 8 in our TBL-CBA traps series. 8.      Muddying the Waters between Impacts and Benefits Impact analysis captures the overall output and income resulting from a project i.e. “400 local jobs created” or “an increase of $3M in GDP”. But this is not cost-benefit analysis. Impact analysis is often a marketing exercise intended to curry favor with those whose stamp […]