Pay-if-paid clauses in subcontracts are controversial. The clauses purport to shift the risk of owner nonpayment from the prime contractor to the sub. The prime is obligated to pay the subcontractor only if the prime receives payment from the project owner for the sub’s work. The subcontractor, who contracted only with the prime, is at the mercy of the owner’s solvency and creditworthiness.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools has released new polling data suggesting that most Americans support federal investment in green schools. Approximately 75 percent of survey respondents indicated that they favor federal investment in school building improvements that focus on creating healthier learning environments, saving tax dollars, or lowering carbon emissions. About one in six respondents believe that U.S. schools are in excellent shape.
The number of projects using three-dimensional building information modeling (3D-BIM) will increase slowly, Design Master Software Inc. recently concluded after surveying engineers and designers in the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) industry about their use of the technology.