VOLUME 1   ISSUE 30   NOVEMBER 28, 2012


By Bruce Jervis


Performance specifications have become increasingly common as a tool for defining the scope of work. Rather than specifying design features, the project owner – through its design professionals – states the functional characteristics the completed project must possess. It is up to the contractor to devise a solution.


A problem arises, however, because many design documents are actually hybrid. They contain both design and performance features. This can be confusing for contractors. It also provides project owners with an excellent defense to contractor claims. ... Read more.


Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:

  • Performance Specs Defeat Claim for Defective Drawings
  • Delay Disclaimer in Highway Specification Ruled Unenforceable
  • Mechanic’s Lien Took Priority over Previously Recorded Mortgages


By Steve Rizer


Be “exceedingly careful” when choosing a joint venture partner in construction, Trauner Consulting Services Inc. Director Richard Burnham told professionals attending a webinar that WPL Publishing held earlier this month. In emphasizing the point to a target audience of construction contractors, owners, and their attorneys, he compared such a partnership to that of a marriage, with factors involving effective communication and the meshing of different personalities being of paramount importance. Here is some of the advice he gave attendees for optimizing their joint venture partnerships:


By Steve Rizer


Solar energy is expected to play a larger role in making buildings green in the not-too-distant future. Nanomarkets LC believes the worldwide market for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) will skyrocket from approximately $2.1 billion now to roughly $7.5 billion by 2015. “Much of this growth will come at the expense of conventional solar panels as the better economics and aesthetics of BIPV make their impact on end users,” according to the Glen Allen, Va.-based firm, which recently published its estimates in a report entitled “Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Markets -- 2012.” ... Read more.





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