What is it for?

A ‘Needs and Options Review’ is an exploratory study carried out by an architect with a client at the early stages of considering a new project. As client, you will have an idea of your needs for the proposed development, and you may or may not have a site in mind. The architect will take note of your described needs, and potential or proposed site, and carry out a review of the practical implementation constraints, coupled with introducing fresh ideas for optimising the form and layout, to give you initial feedback on the potential of the development and outline the subsequent stages of the project. This will give you a roadmap for executing the project in terms of planning and development control obligations, timeline, and a preliminary budget. It will allow the architect to propose a fee for professional services, and to detail the range of services you are likely to need during the course of the project. The ‘Needs and Options Review’ may or may not include a feasibility study, projecting costs based on relevant historical information from previous projects or other available sources if appropriate, depending on the project.

How much does it cost?

For commercial projects, the cost of this ‘Needs and Options Review’ can only be determined following an initial consultation which may be coupled with a site visit if appropriate. The PassivHaus Architecture Company will charge a fixed fee plus travel for the initial meeting so that at all stages you are in control of outlay for professional fees and have clear preview of any commitments before the next stage commences. The initial scoping meeting will cost €100 per hour plus vat (23%), €50 per hour plus vat travel, €100 plus vat for the written quotation and invoicing.