The expanded use of the design/build method of construction procurement reflects a widespread belief that it offers significant advantages to the project owner. With a single source of responsibility for both design and construction, there is less of the reciprocal finger pointing common in the more traditional design/bid/construct format. Public project owners in particular are convinced that the design/build method reduces claims during the construction phase.
BuildingGreen LLC last month announced the release of a report examining the costs of meeting the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED-NC) rating system.
For the first time, cost information on hundreds of specific technologies and approaches that teams are using to earn points in the current LEED-NC rating system is available in a credit-by-credit format, BuildingGreen stated. The report is entitled "The Cost of LEED: A Report on Cost Expectations to Meet LEED-NC v2009."
E-Builder recently announced the launch of e-Builder Enterprise 7.4, the first of four upgrades for 2010, including more than 70 enhancements to its flagship software-as-a-service (SaaS).
The new functionality supports collaborative BIM model review, automated file synchronization with client servers, more flexible reporting capabilities to enable visibility into both business processes and project key performance indicators, extended file categorization for improved search, and new data exchange functionality that leverages the latest agcXML standards. In addition, the company added several features to streamline data entry and approval processes for budget, cost, and schedule management, all based on feedback from the e-Builder user base.