VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 125   SEPTEMBER 16, 2011


Construction contracts frequently contain boilerplate language where the contractor assures the project owner that all applicable federal, state and local regulations, including safety regulations, will be followed at the job site. Does this mean the contractor assumes responsibility for the on-site safety practices of its subcontractors? That was the contention in a recent case.


A group of regulatory utility commissioners has adopted a resolution that is designed to promote energy-efficiency improvements in commercial buildings across the United States. Specifically, the new National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) resolution encourages state public utility commissions (PUCs) to provide commercial building owners with access to whole-building energy-consumption data to support energy-efficient building operations. However, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Vice President of Advocacy Karen Penafiel admitted to Green Building Insider (GBI) that it is “not going to be easy” getting the resolution implemented.   


Building information modeling (BIM) will be a component of a new alliance that the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) recently formalized. Under their memorandum of understanding (MOU), the organizations intend to address various topics, such as using BIM as a facility-management tool. The overall goal of the two-year agreement is to promote facility management education, credentials, and research for sustainable laboratories and related high-technology facilities.





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