The shop drawing submittal process raises some interesting issues regarding subcontractor relations. Submittals must be approved by the project owner’s representative. Most submittals are generated by trade contractors -- subcontractors to the prime contractor. The subs have no contractual relationship with the owner. Only the prime is supposed to deal with the owner.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has applauded a key change to the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced earlier this month (Construction Advisor Today, July 21, 2011, "EPA's New Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule Draws Mixed Reviews").
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has released what is believed to be the first published guide that outlines how building information modeling (BIM) tools specifically facilitate the design-build project delivery process using virtual design and construction (VDC).