New White Paper Details Strategy for Minimizing Performance Deficiencies in New Buildings
"Getting the Building You Paid For" details a new construction-monitoring strategy to help building owners obtain maximum value from their new buildings. The white paper is based on an analysis of numerous construction projects and offers the building owner an inexpensive way to track key construction project deliverables, which if not completely implemented have been shown to directly or indirectly lead to schedule delays and performance shortfalls.
"We see a disturbing trend in the construction industry towards final completion of building systems after building occupancy, says Mike Della Barba, Director of Commissioning Services at EH&E (www.eheinc.com), a Newton, Mass.-based environmental engineering and consulting firm. "Tight construction schedules often result in the owner occupying a building that does not fully meet the needs of the occupants. This often proves very costly to the owner in higher maintenance costs, higher energy costs and shortened equipment life."
The solution can be surprisingly simple. The white paper details a process developed by EH&E that tracks key contractual sub-tasks with corresponding deliverables (termed "Inchstones"). Experience has shown that the absence of these deliverables can provide an early indication of project scheduling difficulties that will lead to incomplete building systems.