By Bruce Jervis
Construction contracts usually contain notice-of-claim provisions. The contractor must, within a stated period of time, notify the project owner in writing of any occurrence which may give rise to a claim for additional compensation under the contract. The policy behind these requirements is sound. Owners should have the opportunity to respond to problems as promptly as possible while options are available and costs can be mitigated. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
President Obama (D) has signed legislation (P.L. 112-81; H.R. 1540) preventing the use of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) funds for garnering Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold or Platinum certification except under certain circumstances. Specifically, no funds authorized to be appropriated by the new National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2012 (FY’12) or otherwise made available for DoD for FY’12 may be obligated or expended for achieving Gold or Platinum certification, the two highest designations in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) suite of green building rating systems. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
The demand for cutting-edge construction software is increasing, according to a new report from CTS Inc. President Sheldon Needle, a construction industry consultant. The report examines the business drivers behind the jump in construction technology investments and makes a case for buying construction software this year. ... Read more.