State licensing of construction contractors is prevalent. The purpose is to regulate the industry for the protection of the public, including homeowners, commercial project owners, and even public project owners. A contractor must have the appropriate license prior to entering into and performing a construction contract.
Green construction is here to stay, James Bidgood, a partner at Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, told attendees of “The Hidden Risks of Green Building,” an interactive webinar that WPL Publishing held Oct. 26. “Notwithstanding the fact that the construction industry is very depressed right now, we continue to see more and more green building requirements finding their way into legislation [and] local codes, and I don’t see any indication that those are going to go away for any reason. I believe that green construction is going to continue to increase.”
NATSPEC has released a building information modeling (BIM) guide that is intended to clarify what is meant when BIM is required on a project. “Too often a client has talked about wanting BIM on a project without clarifying their requirements in a consistent manner,” according to the non-profit organization. “The guide will reduce confusion and wasted effort. The guide can also be used as a planning tool by consultants to clarify the services they propose to provide when preparing bids for projects.”