VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 122   AUGUST 24, 2011


“Pay-if-paid” clauses in subcontracts purport to shift the risk of project owner nonpayment from the prime contractor to the subcontractor. If drafted carefully, with express “condition precedent” language, they are enforceable in most (but not all) jurisdictions. The clauses, however, are understandably resented by trade contractors. The prime or general contractor elected to do business with the project owner and had the opportunity to ascertain the financial capability of that owner? Why should a subcontractor, which contracted only with the prime, be asked to assume the risk of owner insolvency?


California energy officials have launched an online tool to help homeowners and other players in the state’s housing industry gauge the value of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. It is a unique tool that could be adapted for use in other areas across the United States and abroad, a California Energy Commission (CEC) spokesperson told Green Building Insider (GBI).


The construction industry has not been using building information modeling (BIM) to its fullest potential, BIM experts told attendees of last week’s Symposium on Technology in Design and Construction, an event for which WPL Publishing served as a sponsor.





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