VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 68   AUGUST 13, 2010


Subcontract payment clauses which pass the risk of owner nonpayment through to the subcontractor have long been controversial. The subcontractor contracts with the prime contractor, not the project owner. The sub has little opportunity to assess the creditworthiness of the owner. But if the owner doesn’t pay and a pay-if-paid clause in the subcontract is enforced, the sub has no contractual entitlement to payment. This in turn defeats any mechanic’s lien or payment bond rights the sub might otherwise have had.


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in late July announced a new policy to have all of its facilities outfitted with more energy-efficient "cool roofs" when it is cost-effective to do so. The policy is part of a series of initiatives under way at DOE facilities and buildings across the federal government.


Cool roofs use lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect more of the sun's heat, helping improve building efficiency by reducing cooling costs and offsetting carbon emissions.


Condotte America has selected the Prolog solution to standardize construction management processes for its day-to-day construction activities. Condotte is working directly with Intuitive Systems, an authorized Meridian Systems Global reseller serving Florida and Latin America.


Condotte, a heavy and highway contractor specializing in bridge work, roadways, mass transit, and toll plazas, initially began using ProjectTalk, the on-demand version of Prolog software offered in a hosted environment. ProjectTalk allowed Condotte to better track change labor and materials, management issues, contract invoices, owner requisitions, email correspondence, and requests for information.





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