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Passive House Described

Passive House is a term that can throw you off, especially if you don’t know the origin of the term but remember passive solar. The terms are related, but they are not really the same thing. Passive Houses consider the

Posted in Design, Energy Efficiency

The Challenges of In-House QC Review of Construction Documents

According to a recent insurance publication, approximately half of the claims brought against architects are triggered by design errors and are related to a lack of procedures to identify conflicts, errors, and omissions in design documents. In other words, QC

Posted in Construction Documents, Practice Management, Project Management

The Purpose of Construction Documents

It may seem silly to suggest there could be any doubt about the purpose of construction documents, for surely they are supposed to document what is to be constructed. However, the underlying purpose is to document and convey design intent

Posted in Construction Documents, Design, Practice Management, Project Administration, Project Management

The Power of Approval

If your experience with construction contract administration is like that of many, you may think of it as “being jerked around” more than “administering”. You may be confounded by flood of RFIs and feel you are unable to do anything

Posted in Construction Administration, Project Management

The Importance of Coordination in Architecture and Engineering Work

Professional liability insurance companies repeatedly report that coordination issues are a major cause of legal claims against design professionals. A Merriam-Webster definition of coordination includes the following: 1) the process of organizing people or groups so that they work together

Posted in Practice Management, Project Administration, Project Management

In a punch list inspection, look for the missing

Project punch lists can grow into volumes of pages listing paint blemishes, scuff marks, and bits of dust, while neglecting to note significant missing items. On one project the punch list team had tagged and noted as many as 20

Posted in Construction Administration

The Best Mediation Turns the Page

Several years ago I participated in a mediation related to a commercial building which had been plagued by persistent roof leaks over a period of more than 5 years since its construction. The owner had grown exasperated by having to

Posted in Building Repair, Project Administration, Project Management

Planning Construction Site Visits

Construction activities and materials change with stages of construction, so it is useful to consider the activities and products you should expect to see on a given site visit before you go. If, like most construction administrators, your job is

Posted in Construction Administration, Practice Management, Project Administration, Project Management

Planning a School Renovation Project

Renovations projects may look easy if the folks who normally use the building are gone. School renovation projects are usually not that way. More often, design and construction have to account for ongoing occupancy and school operations during the course

Posted in Design, Project Administration, Project Management

Spec Writer = Information Manager

A comment from Sheldon Wolfe RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC on The Role of the Spec Writer got me thinking about how, in today’s world of design and construction, the spec writer really is an information manager. Although spec writers

Posted in Design, Practice Management, Project Management, Specifications

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