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R.I.P. PFI – P3 – DBFM

  • November 9, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 170).   Now what?  No, I am not talking about the death of acronyms, although that would be a great idea. I am talking about the beginning of the end for PFI / P3 / DBFM.  In the UK, the Chancellor of…

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Code Compliance is NOT Commissioning

  • November 1, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 169).    Building code compliance consulting is NOT building commissioning. Building code compliance consultants, please stop pretending to be commissioning subject matter experts. There is a trend in some countries for building code compliance consultants to convince their clients that building commissioning…

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Rising Factories

  • October 26, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 168). Rising Factories, now this is progress. What is your response North America? I can’t hear you…….. I am a huge fan of pre-fabrication to minimize onsite work. Rising Factories take things to whole new level.  Mace, a UK construction firm has…

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Design & Build? Still Nope!

  • October 19, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 167).    Design & build in the property industry comes under the general heading of “stupid things we continue to believe in despite mountains of evidence to the contrary that it produces poor outcomes”.  The purpose of design and build is to:…

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Ethics & Red Lines & Plastic Bottles

  • October 12, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 165).    Where is the red line for ethics in the property industry and for you personally?  What are the externalities of poor ethics, corruption and cronyism?  Our next guest (dropping October 15th) on the Edifice Complex podcast discusses ethics with some…

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Still Not OK

  • October 5, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 164) - All IMHO: I have been triggered while working on a project. If we really have to use old technology such as triple duty valves, can we at least install them correctly?  The photo below is from a project, that will…

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Amazons Housing Play

  • September 28, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 163). If you are a residential developer, builder or contractor be afraid, be very afraid! The property industry is not famous for innovation,  R&D, productivity increases or happy customers but Amazon is excellent at all of these and it has just entered…

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Best Pen Ever!

  • September 27, 2018

OK, I am calling it…..the MUJI 0.5 Gel Ink Pen with blue black ink is the best $1.50 pen ever………! https://www.muji.us/store/4549738960430.html 

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Basic Phone?

  • September 21, 2018

I am considering ditching my iPhone and going to a basic call only phone to improve my productivity.  I heard an interesting take on this today.  “Having no mobile phone is a status symbol. People with phones work for people who do not need to carry phones”  Anyone out there…

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