By Bruce Jervis
Compliance with applicable building codes is the responsibility of property owners and contractors alike. Owners have a legal obligation to erect and maintain a code-compliant structure. For contractors, code compliance is an express or implied term of the construction contract. And, of course, code violations can subject a contractor to license revocation and other sanctions. Given this dual responsibility, what is the result when a property owner directs a contractor to perform work in a manner that violates a building code? Read more.
By Todd Bryant
One month into 2016, the main construction industry trends and trajectories for the year are clearly in sight. As the construction industry continues on its path to recovery, its financial power and manpower keep growing. This year, more than 60% of firms intend to increase their total headcount between 1%-25% despite the still severe worker shortage and increase in competition.
At the same time contractors' heads across the country are turned in the direction of a number of legislative and regulatory updates that are due. Many of these are promising in that they will regulate aspects of the industry which have long gone unchecked and allow business to grow. Others, as the Associated General Contractors of America's (AGC) 2016 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook report shows are also a cause for concern to contractors who fear being overly regulated.
That being said, here are some of the main legislative construction industry trends and regulatory updates to watch out for in 2016!