Complications of Sustainability Requirements

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Construction Warranties

Do construction warranties provide value for the owner? Manufacturers write warranties to limit their own risk. The warranty value will depend greatly on how the warranty is specified and the owner's knowledge of the warranty conditions.

Contract Documents are Related

It's a debate. The debate is evidenced in all the commercial guide specifications and even CSI's SectionFormat™. Related Requirements is an article heading near the beginning of specification sections. This article gives specifiers an opportunity to list..

Is the Spec Open or Closed?

Is the contractor permitted to submit substitutions or propose comparable products? Not if the spec is closed, he is not. Be careful if you think you know, just from reading a technical section of the specifications. The manufacturer and product..

It's a Digital World

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Warranty & Correction Period

Just because a manufacturer offers a warranty, are you certain the specifications should require the warranty? There are many factors to consider that affect the Owner's rights and remedies for correcting work completed under a construction contract...

Who's Minding Division 01?

CSI MasterFormat Division 01 Level 2 titles courtesy of www.masterformat.com

Who Controls Project Schedules?

As a consultant to architects, primarily, we must react to schedules set by someone else. It may be the owner, architect, construction manager, or contractor. We never have any say in the project schedule, but are responsible for meeting all the..

Substitution Evaluations: What is the Architect's Obligation?

This morning I opened my email to find a client, an architect, requesting a substitution evaluation for a metal wall panel. The request was sent 8 PM Sunday evening during the break between football games. A reply was requested by noon today even though..

What's Wrong with This Picture?

Have you ever seen a built detail, scratched your head, and wondered: "What were they thinking?" There are 4 steps that can be taken to help prevent "silly" mistakes from occurring on construction projects: Quality Assurance Reviews, Shop Drawing..

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