VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 139   DECEMBER 22, 2011


Changes are a fact of life in the construction process. Contract documents give the project owner the right to expand, reduce or otherwise alter the scope of work. The contract documents also spell out a process whereby contractors propose, and project owners approve, change orders. Subcontracts include similar provisions. Failure to adhere to the stipulated process can be costly. A Michigan subcontractor recently learned this the hard way. 


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new version of its building energy modeling (BEM) software for architects, engineers, researchers, and policymakers. DOE estimated that EnergyPlus v7.0 -- which can calculate the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate, and light a building -- is up to 40 percent faster than the previous version of the software. The software can model various types of residential and commercial buildings and HVAC system types, including passive building designs and low-energy systems.


Upon receiving a request for a recovery schedule in a construction project, the first course of action should be to examine the schedule and try to determine what may have caused the delay. This is one of many pieces of advice that Warner Construction Consultants Inc. Vice President Michael Harris and Larry Baker, a senior partner at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP, construction professionals attending a webinar that WPL Publishing held earlier this month. 





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