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Lemon Laws for Buildings

  • April 20, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 146). To misquote Henry David Thoreau, the property industry is "hacking at the branches of the problems and not striking at the root”.  What problems?  Poor design. BTW, copy and paste is not design. Low quality outcomes. High energy, high carbon outcomes.…

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Where is Elon Musk? – Cars Vs Buildings

  • April 6, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 144). I got some interesting love & hate feed back on my "Site House Keeping is a KPI” piece ( https://bldwhisperer.com/site-house-keeping-is-a-kpi/ ).  So to double down on the theme, my question this week is, “where is Elon Musk?" There are no commissioning…

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Site House Keeping is a KPI

  • March 30, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 143). Companies and people emit signals 24/7 about their competence, core values and who they really are. IMHO, how you do something is how you do everything! How you present yourself, manage workflow and staff, even how you write and send an…

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Unboxing Video Vs Kick Off Meeting

  • March 23, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 142). Ever get the feeling that everyone at the project kick off meeting is just going through the motions so they can tick it off as a milestone done? If you have led a kick off meeting and people are looking at…

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Stairwell Pressurization RFI

  • March 9, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 140). The RFI you should write on every project, IMHO. Stairwell pressurization systems are a bit like software licenses, we all acknowledge and accept them without understanding or even knowing about them, then assume they work as designed. When was the last…

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Pay It Forwards – Built Environment PhD Research

  • February 26, 2018

My awesome friend and ex-colleague Mr. Nimitt Karia is pursuing a PhD. He has a research questionnaire on the "Impact of disruptive thinking and technologies on built environment professionals” and needs as many people as possible to complete it. If you have time, please help Nimitt and complete the questionnaire…

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