The procurement process frequently brings the need for public transparency into conflict with the need for private confidentiality. Proposal solicitations may require submission of detailed cost and pricing information, as well as descriptions of methods of performance. Failure to include this information will result in rejection of the proposal. But contractors sometimes consider the information proprietary and do not want it shared with competitors.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) earlier this month filed a lawsuit (No. 10CV7647) against two agencies, demanding a restart of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. The suit was filed in federal district court in the Southern District of New York against the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which regulates government-sponsored mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which regulates national banks.
"Federal housing regulators must stop obstructing programs that make energy-efficiency upgrades and renewable-energy projects affordable for American homeowners," NRDC stated in its complaint.
This article discusses efforts to define standard information exchange requirements from the design model to the cost estimator for a project in building information modeling (BIM). Three associations of professional estimators are collaborating to establish these requirements.