As public procurement methods and statutes have evolved, the evaluation of bids and proposals has become less objective. Procurement authorities no longer simply determine the low bid and the financial responsibility of the low bidder. There are now judgments regarding the better technical approach, the relative risk and the “best value” to the public project owner.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) has urged the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to "end a forest certification policy that discriminates against North American forests and against most of the independent forest certification standards used in the U.S. and Canada." SFI made its request after USGBC released for public comment a third round of draft benchmarks to evaluate forest certification programs.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) recently provided $CAN581,250 ($US568,783) for advancing several productivity-related projects, including one that involves the i-Booth, a wireless, mobile information terminal that researchers hope will significantly improve productivity at construction sites. This amount is supported by $290,000 ($US283,794) from various construction companies and the University of Calgary.