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This paper reports the development of a novel decision support system for the optimal selection of finishes for healthcare facilities. The system has been developed by integrating a recently developed extended whole-life costing (WLC) application with two generic databases using a user friendly interface. The first is a resource database that houses data for several options for various finishes suitable for hospital buildings. The second is a project database which accommodates finishes data for a specific building. The developed system has being tested and validated in three phases. First, the usability of the systemճ interface has been tested in a laboratory environment. A second phase has been to demonstrate the system to a panel of experts to get feedback on further refinements to the system. The third phase is to use a case study to demonstrate the efficacy of the system.