A termination for convenience clause gives a project owner broad discretion to abandon all or a portion of a project, without breaching the contract, for almost any reason. The contractor, who is not in default, is supposed to be made whole. The contractor is entitled to payment for all work performed prior to termination, as well as termination costs such as subcontractor settlements and demobilization. But the contractor cannot recover breach of contract damages such as anticipated profit on the deleted work.
A new standard developed by an ASTM International subcommittee is expected to facilitate better measurement of construction productivity at the task, project, and industry levels.
The sustainability consulting company CodeGreen Solutions has unveiled an online software tool called ProAct.
The software, which tracks sustainability and operational performance in existing buildings, is expected to be instrumental in helping building owners comply with mandatory energy and water efficiency reporting required by the "Greener, Greater Buildings Plan." The new laws, which recently passed in New York City, require all buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet to report energy and water efficiency benchmarks by May of next year. Other requirements of the laws, including energy audits and commissioning of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, can be avoided if buildings earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, but such certification is not required.