The life-cycle cost analysis tool helps users make consistent comparisons of Chem/Bio protection strategies based on established economic evaluation practices. The wide range of Chem/Bio protection strategies, the permanence of investment-based solutions, and the expense of their installation, operation, and maintenance necessitate an evaluation tool that allows one to systematically and consistently evaluate competing alternatives.
The software tool enables such evaluations by incorporating life-cycle cost analysis based on industry consensus standard ASTM E 917. The software tool also implements the net savings method, ASTM E 1074, as an additional measure of economic performance. The software allows building owners and managers to define Chem/Bio hazard scenarios and compare Chem/Bio protection strategies that address those scenarios. The software's standardized measures allow life-cycle cost comparisons of alternative combinations of Chem/Bio protection strategies based on user-defined scenarios.