Contractors are frequently required to submit shop drawings, material samples and equipment specifications for owner approval. One might assume that if a contractor proceeds in accordance with an approved submittal, the contractor has complied with the contract. Not necessarily. Construction contracts usually state that approval is for design concept only. Approval does not waive or alter the requirements of the contract. Approval does not prevent the owner from later rejecting the work prior to final acceptance.
Manufacturers of residential central air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps as well as energy-efficiency advocates jointly have recommended new federal standards for those products and new building code provisions for new construction. The collaboration could pave the way for quicker adoption of new standards by U.S. officials.
The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) has revised and expanded its Construction Management Standards of Practice (SOP). The new SOP, designed to serve as a guide to the range of services that constitute professional construction management (CM), responds to recent marketplace and technology changes.