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Achieving excellence in construction: Whole-life costing and cost management

Procurement Guide 07

Achieving excellence in construction: Whole-life costing and cost management

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Construction Management Supplement


Procurement Guide


Discusses principles of Achieving excellence strategy. Explains how to manage costs throughout the life of a facility. The focus is on whole-life costs (the cost of design and construction, the long-term operational and maintenance costs and the costs associated with disposal). Describes a process made up of a framework for cost management, establishing expected operational costs of the asset, estimating whole-life costs, and reporting.


Reprint of 2003 edition with updated web links.


Publisher History

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) was established to help Government deliver best value from its spending. They publish a series of procurement guides, and other documents to sustainability, risk management and cost management in construction. The Property Advisers to the Civil Estate (PACE) was merged with other organisations in 2001 to join the OGC.



NBS has produced specification systems and information products for construction industry professionals for more than 40 years. The National Building Specification is the recognised UK national standard and is used by over 5,000 organisations. NBS is part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd.


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