By Bruce Jervis
A prime contractor’s sponsorship of a subcontractor’s claim is an expeditious way to resolve disputes involving significant subcontractor costs. Under these arrangements, frequently referred to as pass-through agreements, the prime asserts a claim against the project owner which includes the costs incurred by the sub. The prime passes through to the sub the money recovered from the owner, if any, attributable to the sub’s work. The subcontractor in turn waives any other claim against the prime contractor.
The sponsorship of subcontractor claims has been controversial among public project owners. Owners argue that they have no contractual relationship with a subcontractor and are not subject to claims by the sub, even indirect claims asserted by the prime contractor. Many public works dispute resolution mechanisms are expressly limited to parties in contract with the project owner. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
A virtual perfect storm of factors has spawned an increased reliance on energy efficiency among building owners and operators, according to new research findings from Johnson Controls (JC). The multinational Fortune 500 company believes that a heightened awareness of energy efficiency’s financial payback, a proliferation of government incentives for going green, and the increasingly appealing prospect of bolstering property values and positive publicity all have contributed to the following startling result from a recently conducted JC survey: 85 percent of building owners and operators globally depend on energy management to drive operational efficiency, a 34 percent increase in the last two years. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) have added 76 new numbers/titles to MasterFormat, a master list of numbers and titles classified by work results or construction practices that is used to organize project manuals, detail cost information, and relate drawing notations to specifications. In addition, the organizations have changed 18 existing numbers/titles and deleted three that duplicated other existing numbers titles. ... Read more.