From the monthly archives: February 2016

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Canadian Study Highlights Efficacy of P3s; Model Law Published in U.S.

  The performance-based incentives and accountability requirements built into public-private partnerships (P3s) result in high-quality projects being delivered more efficiently, cost-effectively and timely than traditional procurements, according to a report issued by a research team from Western University in London, Ontario. 

LEED Committee Adopts Pilot Credits on Resilient Design

The U.S. Green Building Committee’s LEED Steering Committee approved three pilot credits on resilient design, the first of which encourages designers, planners and building owners or operators to plan for a wide range of natural disasters or disturbances, as well as consider long-term trends affecting building performance such as changing climate conditions. 

Injury and Illness Reporting Goes Electronic

  About a year after OSHA’s new injury and illness reporting requirements took effect, the agency launched a webpage where employers can electronically report cases. Employers now have three ways to report incidents: electronically through the new web portal, osha.gov/report; by phone, (800) 321- OSHA; or at the nearest OSHA Area Office. 

Oversight Committee Favorably Marks Up Neutrality Legislation

  The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671) would increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects by preventing federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts.

ICC Updates Building Code for Tornado-Prone Regions

  The International Code Council (ICC) approved building code changes for tornado-prone regions requiring enhanced protection for new school buildings and additions on existing school campuses, as well as facilities where people regularly assemble, such as gymnasiums, theaters and community centers. 

Price Increases Ahead for Drywall, Painting and Landscape Services

The price of plastering and drywall services is forecast to jump 7.7 percent in 2016. Additionally, prices for painting services are anticipated to increase 5.9 percent, and prices for landscape architecture and design services are expected to escalate 3.4 percent. 

House Passes Resolution to Withdraw WOTUS Rule

  Last November, the Senate voted to nullify the WOTUS rule, which would dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land use across the country. 

Understanding the ‘Claims Made’ Provision in Professional Liability Policies

Professional liability is profoundly different from most forms of traditional insurance coverages. Unlike general or auto liability, professional liability policies include claims reporting provisions that might be unfamiliar and confounding to many contractors and inexperienced claimants. 

Disaster Preparedness: Protections Every Contractor Should Have in Place

There is no one-size-fits-all plan for disasters, but that doesn’t mean contractors shouldn’t have a basic strategy. Realistically, contractors require specialized plans for different situations. Developing a plan isn’t difficult, but too many contractors neglect to carry through and take the steps necessary to continue improving their plans. 

Best Practices for Evaluating Insurance Investments

Making a higher spend at the beginning by investing in the cost of quality and minimized risk can often result in much greater savings at the end. 
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