On federal contracts, there is a maxim. Costs incurred by a contractor in negotiating, facilitating, or expediting a government-mandated change are recoverable costs of contract performance. Costs incurred in preparing, furthering, or prosecuting a claim are not recoverable costs. The line, however, is not always easy to draw.
Maryland has adopted the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as an optional requirement for new construction. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced his signing of IGCC legislation into law at the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Government Summit earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
Maryland’s new International Green Construction Code Act (H.B. 972), which goes into effect next March, will apply to all commercial buildings as well as residential properties that are more than three stories high. The measure authorizes the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to adopt the IGCC while allowing local jurisdictions to make amendments to the code under certain conditions as long as the local amendment is adopted in accordance with applicable local law.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and two other groups have released a new edition of the United States National CAD Standard (NCS). NCS Version 5, which is available online, is designed to help architects, constructors, and operators coordinate efforts by classifying electronic design data consistently and making information retrieval easier.
Version 5 improves communication among owners and project teams, cuts or eliminates costs of developing and maintaining company-specific standards, and reduces the expense of transferring building data from design applications to facility management applications, according to AIA, which unveiled the new NCS in partnership with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).