<p>Contractor recovery of unabsorbed home office overhead has long been controversial. Project owners consider these damages phantom costs designed to inflate claims. Contractors counter that they reasonably anticipate a fixed-price contract to absorb a certain percentage of home office expenses over a scheduled period of contract performance. When work on the contract is suspended, those expenses must be absorbed by other contracts.</p>
The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) earlier this month commended the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for approving a bill that would codify energy-efficiency standards for appliances and other products as negotiated by manufacturers and efficiency advocates. It is one of several green-building bills undergoing congressional consideration.
The Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements bill (INCAA) would supplant potentially inconsistent state requirements with a national standard that will provide regulatory certainty for affected manufacturers, enabling job-creating investments to proceed. Introduced earlier this year by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), S.398, INCAA has won the co-sponsorship of 26 other senators.
The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) has published a new, updated edition of State by State Review of Licensing Requirements Affecting Construction Managers, a which the group considers a key reference for any organization or individual practicing CM in multiple states.
The State by State Review summarizes the state laws governing the practice of CM with references to relevant statutes. The publication also provides mailing addresses, contact names, and telephone/email information for the government agencies that regulate licensing of architects, engineers, and contractors.