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Posted by Paul Heming on 11th January 2019

Value Engineering AV & Home Automation

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With Audio Visual (AV) and Home Automation packages, Value Engineering exercises are typically product driven. If you want to reduce costs with AV & Home Automation the easy option is to focus on product specification – if the budget is X we don’t propose a system that suits Y. Being up f...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 9th January 2019

Construction Procurement

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Procurement methods in the UK construction market work with an Employer issuing a Main Contract to one Main Contractor and thereafter, the Main Contractor issues multiple Subcontracts to various Subcontractors. [1] Projects in the £25 million range can involve a main contractor with approximatel...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 19th December 2018

The JCT and Extensions of Time

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Most construction contracts will suffer some form of delay during its lifecycle. In all Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) form of contracts, a delay event is called a “Relevant Event” and the extension of time is defined as an “Adjustment of the Completion Date”. Whether during the design, t...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 17th December 2018

The JCT and Relevant Events

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The construction industry is full of jargon and it can be difficult to understand all the acronyms and terms used. It’s even more difficult when it comes to construction contracts. We’ve written this article to provide clarity on the term “Relevant Events” and what it means in Joint Contract...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 14th December 2018

Value Engineering Comms Systems

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With telecoms, data and security, the ability to value engineer (VE) elements of the work can be quite challenging due to the fact that the specification is all end-user driven. The volume of works depends solely on the equipment the user will have, so the number of connections and cables to these i...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 7th December 2018

Value Engineering Ventilation

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Ventilation and Air conditioning are critical to delivering comfortable built environments. The quality of insulation materials are constantly increasing and buildings are better sealed than ever. Building Regulations typically require heat recovery with ventilation, and with ever improving produ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 30th November 2018

Value Engineering – Gas vs Electricity

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M & E can be difficult to amend from a VE perspective as, in many cases, the scheme specified has been designed to comply with certain Planning Requirements such as BREEAM. The systems specified help the building to achieve a certain BREEAM score and therefore, it’s not simple to VE the packag...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 23rd November 2018

Value Engineering Underfloor Heating

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As a package of works, Underfloor Heating (UFH) itself can actually be quite challenging to Value Engineer. Generally speaking, the systems that are specified are specified as such because they achieve a certain output required by the specification. UFH systems are pretty much specified on this b...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 18th November 2018

Dealing with Errors, Divergencies and Discrepancies in Variations

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The scenario We put forward the following scenario to Jason Farnell, Adjudicator and CEDR Accredited Mediator. "I'm working on an amended JCT D & B Subcontract where we're contracted to clad the entire building envelope from Ground to Roof. An area of our scope had an inconsistency - part ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 18th November 2018

London Development Specification – 2. Entry Level

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This first part to our London Development Specification series looks at Entry-Level specification. As mentioned in our introduction we won't be assigning these to price points as location plays a far too significant role in pricing. What we will look at is seeing what the general offering is for ...
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