Materials, Structures, and Standards: All the Details by Julia McMorrough

By Julia McMorrough

So much architectural criteria references include millions of pages of details-overwhelmingly greater than architects want to know to understand on any given day. Now there's a position the place architects can locate very important info necessary to making plans and executing architectural initiatives of all shapes and sizes-in a layout that's sufficiently small to hold anyplace. fabrics, buildings, and criteria distills the information supplied in usual architectural volumes and gives and easy-to-use reference for the main indispensable-and so much requested-types of architectural details.

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End users will benefit from the lowest optimum cost of ownership. Inefficiency and waste in the use of labour and materials will be eliminated. Specialist suppliers will be involved in design from the outset to achieve integration and buildability. Design and construction of the building will be achieved through a single point of contact for the most effective co-ordination and clarity of responsibility. Current performance and improvement achievements will be established by measurement. The above six goals of construction best practice were later adopted by the UK Rethinking Construction organisation and promulgated in their publication Rethinking the Construction Client – Guidelines for Construction Clients in the Public Sector.

The NAO, not surprisingly, intends to conduct all future audits of central government procurement bodies against the best practice standard set out in Modernising Construction. The importance of the impact of Modernising Construction and Better Public Buildings on the UK public sector clients should not be underestimated. The UK public sector is traditionally responsible for 40% of the total annual expenditure of the construction industry and every public sector client is subject to external audit.

It is interesting to note the similarity between the nontechnical barriers listed in the report and those listed in the Latham and Egan reports in the UK in 1994 and 1998. 2004 10:14pm page 48 48 Profitable Partnering for Lean Construction increasing scarcity of skilled labour liability 1999 Singapore Construction 21 Report As in the US example, Construction 21 took a long, hard and unbiased look at the weaknesses in the performance of the construction industry in Singapore. It compared the industry in Singapore with those in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, the UK and the USA, and it examined developments elsewhere, such as in the Netherlands and in Denmark.

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