VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 82   NOVEMBER 17, 2010


Contract documents usually call for a pre-bid inspection of the site. The successful bidder acknowledges that it is familiar with the conditions under which it will be performing the work and accepts the risks posed by those conditions. But what does this really mean?


The U.S. Army has adopted a new policy in an effort to improve its standards for high-performance green buildings. Energy savings resulting from the new policy are expected to total 45 percent over buildings built to current standards, according to the military branch.


Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment, Oct. 27 issued the new policy memorandum, entitled "Memorandum for Sustainable Design and Development Policy Update (Environmental and Energy Performance) (Revision)." The memo is intended to change the way the Army will approach efficient design of Army facilities. Requirements throughout the planning, programming, budgeting, design, and building stages are expected to strengthen the Army's sustainability, energy security, and energy independence through more responsible consumption and planning.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a small-business-sources-sought (SBSS) notice that in part addresses BIM. The department emphasized that the SBSS notice is not a solicitation or request for proposal, abstracts or quotations.


The purpose of the notice is to obtain information regarding the following: the availability and capability of qualified HUBZone small businesses; service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses; and 8(a) small disadvantage businesses. Responses are expected to assist the federal government in determining the appropriate acquisition method, including whether a set-aside is possible.





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