In an ideal world, all changed work – all contract modifications – would be priced before the work commences. It is not always possible, however, to forward-price this work with accuracy or to find agreement between the parties. Contractual methods for pricing the work are sometimes used, but they are by no means a complete solution.
Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD), which manufactures thin-film flexible solar laminate products for the building-integrated and commercial rooftop markets, earlier this month announced that it will deliver 2.4 megawatts (peak) of Uni-Solar laminates for installation on seven ProLogis distribution warehouses in the Oregon cities of Portland, Gresham, and Clackamas. Once completed, the 906,000-square-foot project is expected to become the largest rooftop solar system in the Pacific Northwest.
Allied national and international standards bodies need to do more to help minimize market confusion regarding the term "BIM" (building information modeling), BuildingSmart Alliance (BSA) and the Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC) recommended in a new report, entitled "Summary of the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner Operator Phase 1 (AECOO-1) Joint Testbed." The report summarizes the results of a nine-month effort to increase interoperability among software used by architects, construction companies, cost estimators, and building energy analysts.