The Building Cost Information Service, known as BCIS, is a provider of cost and price information for the UK construction industry. It is a part of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.[1]

Founded 1961
Headquarters Great George St, City of Westminster, London, England,
United Kingdom
Key people
Joe Martin
Executive Director
Website www.rics.org/bcis


BCIS was set up in 1961 to provide the profession with cost information in elemental format and to promote the use of elements and of elemental cost planning. The BCIS "Standard Form of Cost Analysis" (SFCA) remained an industry staple, largely unchanged, until the late 2000s.[2] In 2012 the "New Rules of Measurement" for cost management throughout the construction process was accompanied by a modernised version of the SFCA.[3]

The BCIS approach is the most popular costing method employed by quantity surveyors in the UK.[4]


  1. ^ Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. "BCIS overview". RICS. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  2. ^ Wu, Song; Wood, Gerard; Ginige, Kanchana; Jong, Siaw Wee (2014). "A technical review of BIM based cost estimating in UK quantity surveying practice, standards and tools". Journal of Information Technology in Construction. 19: 534–562.
  3. ^ Earl, Stuart (23 March 2012). "The RICS' new rules of measurement". Building. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ Soutos, Michail; Lowe, David J. (2 August 2011). "Elemental cost estimating: current UK practice and procedure". Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction. 16 (2): 147–162. doi:10.1108/13664381111153123.

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