This document aims to explore how whole-life costing can be used in procuring construction projects and the effect that early decision making can have on both sustainability and the whole-life costs of the project. The document is intended to be complementary to the Health Technical Memorandum HTM 07-07 Sustainable health and social care buildings: planning, design, construction and refurbishment (Department of Health, 2009).

This document provides practical guidance for individuals in the NHS who are involved in procuring and managing construction projects.