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02/14/2010

National Study of Integrated Project Delivery Method Demonstrates Efficiencies

 

A study completed jointly by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the AIA California Council (AIACC) demonstrated successful application of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) in a variety of building types and scales in diverse regions of the country and are the first installment of an ongoing evaluation process of how the IPD model might be incorporated nationwide to protect against project losses.

IPD, which is a construction project model in which owner, design professional, and builder jointly share a project’s risk and reward, could help projects be delivered on time and within budget, as it did for all six participants in the study.

“Based on these initial reports, IPD is proving to be a solution that frees parties from the processes that often weigh a project down,” says Jonathan Cohen, who conducted the study. “It allows for creativity and innovation in the way stakeholders approach a project, avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ formula, and instead finds solutions unique to the specific building issues. We are excited to continue this research and see if this methodology provides the boost to the bottom line of businesses that are desperately needed.”

Inefficiencies and waste in the construction industry, coupled with new technologies, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and owner demand for better quality and cost controls, have created a need for a collaborative approach to design and construction. Study participants discussed the pros and cons of IPD in that regard.

The study found that advantages of IPD include:

  • Owners enjoy improved cost control and budget management, as well as the potential for less litigation and enhanced business outcomes.
  • Contractors are provided with the opportunity for strong project pre-planning, more timely and informed understanding of design, the ability to anticipate and resolve design-related issues through direct participation in the design process, construction sequencing visualization to improve methods prior to the start of construction, and improved cost control and budget management.
  • For architects and designers, IPD provides more time for design, reduces documentation, allocates more appropriate sharing of risk and reward, and improves cost control and budget management.

AIA and AIACC continue to study the ongoing effort to apply IPD as a business model and will document results in future reports. To download the IPD case studies, visit http://info.aia.org/aia/ipdcasestudies.cfm.


 

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
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04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
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03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
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03/13/2014
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03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
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03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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