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Industry Game-Changers

Typically, disruption in the workplace is counterintuitive to productivity. But in terms of creating innovative ways to manage people, processes and technology, the concept of “disruption” isn’t such a bad thing for the construction industry. Change is stirring whether contractors are ready for it or not, and firms that have adopted new ways of managing scheduling and workflows are seeing stellar results—earning the accolades of repeat projects for key clients, as well as happy project partners.

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The conventional wisdom in the construction industry is that job titles shouldn’t matter. Every company is different, right? A project manager at one company could easily be called a senior project manager at another company, yet perform the same job. An engineer at one company could easily be called a technical manager at another company, yet perform the same job.

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As Congress shifts its attention from health care back to tax reform, many are hoping for legislators to pass a new tax reform bill by the year’s end. The White House, along with the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance, recently released a tax reform plan: Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code. This framework plans to lower the corporate tax rate and bring down the tax rate for pass-throughs as well.

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To keep up with industry trends and important court decisions, AIA Contract Documents are reviewed and updated every 10 years. One of the important changes to the 2017 documents includes a single Sustainable Project Exhibit that can be added to any AIA document to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable projects. This exhibit is meant to replace the Sustainable Projects documents included in the Conventional (A201) family of AIA Contract Documents.

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The demand for sustainability and efficiency associated with new construction and renovation projects is higher than ever, as monthly energy costs constitute an ever-increasing percentage of total building life cycle expenses due to rising utility rates. As a result, sustainable construction practices promoting net-zero building designs have become a prevalent industry objective. However, peak sustainability is rarely accomplished due to the high costs and a lack of resources available in the early stages of design and planning.

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