Visit AEC Quality .com and learn how to deliver projects that are truly sustainable

On Friday, 12 September 2012, I will be speaking in Atlanta, GA at the Retail Design & Construction Conference - a national symposium focused on sustainable design and construction in the retail sector. My session, which has been approved by the AIA for continuing education units, is called Quality Assurance vs. Quality Control. Rather than … Continue reading Visit AEC Quality .com and learn how to deliver projects that are truly sustainable

Building Commissioning: Is it really the best method for managing construction quality?

Bill Reed proposes in The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building that building commissioning is "the current best method" for construction quality control. Reflective of that notion, commissioning has become an integral aspect of high performance buildings, particularly in the green building movement. But can it prevent construction defects? So what exactly is commissioning? According … Continue reading Building Commissioning: Is it really the best method for managing construction quality?

Checklists only work if you use them: A lesson from aviation for the construction industry

I've mentioned Atul Gawande's book, Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, before. Gawande is a successful surgeon that was looking at ways to reduce preventable injuries and death associated with the surgical processes. His search for a better way to do things led him to the world of aviation - a world in which … Continue reading Checklists only work if you use them: A lesson from aviation for the construction industry

Quality in Retail Design & Construction Today

I'm pleased to announce that my first post has been published at Retail Design & Construction Today. This website is the "source for all the critical information needed by professionals in the efficient & sustainable design and construction of retail." I will be posting twice each month and will likely focus on quality in retail … Continue reading Quality in Retail Design & Construction Today