White Paper Helps Building Owners Avoid Costs, Downfalls of Construction Projects

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 General News J E 4
NEEDHAM, Mass., March 25 A free white paper is helpingbuilding owners avoid the complaints, business disruptions, and out-of-pocketcosts that can result when they're forced by the construction schedule tooccupy new or renovated facilities prior to "system final completion."

"There's a disturbing trend in the construction industry towards finalcompletion of building systems after occupancy," says Mike Della Barba,Director of Commissioning Services at EH&E, a leading environmentalengineering and consulting firm, and author of the white paper "Getting theBuilding You Paid For" (

"Tight construction schedules often result in owners occupying newlyconstructed buildings that don't fully meet occupant needs in terms ofheating, cooling, lighting, power or other systems. This often proves verycostly to the owner in higher maintenance and energy costs and shortenedequipment life," added Della Barba.

The solution, however, is surprisingly simple, he said. By tracking keyconstruction project deliverables -- termed Inchstones, as opposed tomilestones -- building owners can often predict, and therefore prevent,possible schedule delays and the resulting performance shortfalls. Developedby EH&E after a detailed analysis of numerous construction projects, theInchstones process is detailed in Della Barba's white paper.

The 16-page white paper also details the expectations and reality ofproject completion; the evolving definition of "completion;" the three stagesof completion; the roles of the general contractor, commissioning engineer,and building owner; the impact of incompletion on building occupancy andperformance; and maximizing building value using the Inchstones process.

About EH&E

EH&E ( has provided an extensive range ofenvironmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. The EH&E teamconsists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providingbusiness-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&Ehas a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry. Thefirm's wealth of readily-accessible information is a powerful resource for itsclients.

EH&E's new Inchstone Project Monitoring solution( is the latest example of the firm'scontinuing effort to provide this knowledge and information to a wider rangeof companies.Download the white paper at:



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