By Bruce Jervis
Project owners have started imposing contract language requiring documentation of actual costs in support of claims. These costs alone will be grounds for a price adjustment. Courts are enforcing this language. It is a challenge to some long-used techniques for quantifying construction claims.
The most recent example comes out of Virginia. A contractor was allowed to use “Blue Book” daily rental rates to determine the actual cost of idled, contractor-owned equipment, but only because the contractor presented expert testimony that these rates accurately reflect actual costs. The contractor was not allowed to calculate its extended job site overhead using an average daily rate. The contractor should have presented actual costs, although those costs could have been prorated over the period of delay. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
Could a pair of new developments in the photovoltaics (PV) industry make owners, architects, and others in the construction community more receptive of the technology when it comes time to plan their building projects?
In one recent development, Konarka’s Power Plastic solar panels have been integrated into Dri-Design’s metal rainscreen panels for building façade applications, the first commercial application of its kind and an integrated solution that Konarka believes represents a “great opportunity” for building owners seeking to meet their net-zero-energy goals. In the other development, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a new repeatable test protocol for solar arrays, an accomplishment that the lab believes can lead to more than a 12 percent improvement in system performance. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
Washington, D.C. -- Of 28 projects evaluated for their implementation of VDC (virtual design and construction)/BIM, how many achieved a perfect rating under the standards of the VDC/BIM Scorecard? Zero, reported Calvin Kam, a consulting assistant professor at Stanford University. He revealed this finding at the AIA (American Institute of Architects) 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition here late last month. ... Read more.