By Bruce Jervis
Construction contracts almost invariably state that changed or additional work can be authorized only by a written change order signed by the project owner’s designated representative. Contractors know they act at their peril if they perform extra work without written change orders. Yet it happens all the time. Sometimes there are logical explanations. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has extended the third public-comment period for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) 2012, the next version of the organization’s green building rating program. Originally scheduled to close March 20, the deadline was moved to next Tuesday morning, and at least one organization is urging professionals to submit last-minute comments. Additionally, a USGBC official has addressed several questions about a new certificate initiative that is intended to make schools greener. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
Will legal issues impede the advancement of building information modeling (BIM)? “They certainly will,” Michael Vardaro, a partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, told construction professionals attending a webinar that WPL Publishing held March 14. “I say that only because lawyers are very skeptical about doing something new. Lawyers, I think, are certainly one of the obstacles to the implementation of BIM. But, as with everybody else, lawyers will come around, and I know that there are a bunch of lawyers out there who are doing a great job in really pushing BIM, and I think that at some point we will get past the obstacles that are holding back BIM -- one of them [being] that building departments typically don’t accept submissions -- and once we do that, I think BIM will be off to the races.” ... Read more.