Unit price work in construction documents

The purpose of construction documents is to enable the contractor to provide the owner with a set price. For the contractor to establish a set price, the exact quantity of work has to be shown in the construction documents. Sometimes the exact quantity of items required for the work has not been decided or cannot... Continue Reading →

Permitting reform: A balancing act between progress and protection, and its impact on design professionals

When we think of the future, we often imagine a cleaner, more sustainable world powered by renewable energy. However, this dream remains elusive unless we address the bureaucratic hurdles that slow down our progress. Today, there is an ongoing debate on Capitol Hill surrounding permitting reform and there are implications for design professionals to consider.... Continue Reading →

Automated contract review: the future is now

Design firms provide professional services to their clients, and the agreement to provide these services should be well documented in their contracts. To protect both the design firm and its clients, it is essential to have well-drafted professional services agreements that manage contractual risks. These agreements outline the terms and conditions of the project, including... Continue Reading →

Unpacking ESG: it’s about sustainable business models, not just environmental sustainability

Introduction As environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts gain increasing traction, there is a common misconception that ESG in the design and construction industry is only about “sustainability” in terms of environmentally sustainable design services. However, ESG goes way beyond that—it is about sustainable business models. ESG performance, measured against internationally recognized ESG standards and... Continue Reading →

US climate law takes shape

As 2022 winds down and we look back, the biggest story (other than the war in Ukraine) was the passage of the most historic climate law in US history, the Inflation Reduction Act (Act). The new law aims to transform the US economy to align with the global urgency of taking action to mitigate the... Continue Reading →

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