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Summer Hiatus

  • July 20, 2018

It is that time of year. Summer vacations plus my current long distance assignments means the Building Whisperer blog will be on hiatus until September.  The Edifice Complex podcast will continue on its normal monthly schedule with the next episode dropping August 15th.  Thank you for reading my rambling thoughts…

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“Should”

  • July 5, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 158). Is there a more useless, passive aggressive word than should?  I worked on a project that specifies a standard using “Should, Shall and May” language plus the MEP specification liberally uses the word “Should” with regards to building commissioning.  Add a…

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Building Whisperer Reading List

  • June 22, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 156).  Remember books? They are a bit like Google but made of paper.  I have been lucky to have a confucian respect for reading and knowledge acquisition pounded into me by my parents. Books have literally changed my life and worldview. I…

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Hiring Vs Recruiting?

  • June 8, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 153). Do you hire or recruit?  This is an important question because the riskiest activity any firm undertakes is employing people. I say this with feeling after more than 20 years of employing people. The consequences of failing to employ the right…

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Why The Why Matters

  • June 1, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 152).  People need to understand the “why", children always want to know why. Why is a small but powerful word that when answered, can provide purpose.  When you encounter poor performing teams, there is a leadership void and sometimes just clarifying the…

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Trust But Verify

  • May 28, 2018

The 3 word definition of building commissioning, "Trust But Verify". Currently this is a technical specialism, in the future it will be handled by IOT and blockchain technology.

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