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Last edited 10 Feb 2021
Best value procurement in the construction industry
The best value procurement (BVP) approach is a method of purchasing construction works, services and so on. It considers criteria, such as quality, reliability and expertise, rather than just price to assess value.
This method was developed by the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG) in the United States (where it is most commonly used). It is also practised in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, where it is referred to as ‘prestatie inkoop’ or performance procurement.
 BVP or MEAT?
The idea behind best value procurement is to compare the long term costs and benefits associated with the vendor selection process. It is similar to the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) principle, and both use assessment criteria such as:
- Price or cost using a cost-effectiveness approach.
- Technical merit.
- Aesthetic and functional characteristics.
- Social characteristics.
- Environmental characteristics.
- Innovative characteristics.
- After-sales service and technical assistance.
- Delivery conditions such as date, process and period.
In addition to MEAT criteria, best value procurement also assesses the potential for eliminating (or minimising) risk, so procurement decisions are made based on predictability. Best value procurement assigns weightings to each criteria - including reliability- and vendors or contractors are scored on each. Decisions are based on the final tally.
 The process
There are four phases of the best value procurement process::
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