Quality Initiative Aims to End Spec-Breaking in UK - Energy Watch News


Quality Initiative Aims to End Spec-Breaking in UK

A solution to spec-breaking on building projects is being trialed in the UK, which it is hoped can help prevent quality lighting products from being rejected in favor of cheap alternatives. The BIQ (Building in Quality) Quality Tracker has been created jointly by the bodies representing architects, builders and surveyors, in an effort to make sure that those involved in a construction project get together and agree quality requirements at the start. The move comes in response to calls for better quality management in the building industry, in the light of low productivity figures and high-profile scandals resulting from poor building quality and maintenance – including the deadly Grenfell Tower fire of 2017, the collapse of a wall at an Edinburgh primary school in 2016, and widespread problems with new-build homes. In the lighting industry, manufacturers and designers are becoming increasingly concerned about contractors ignoring specifications and substituting cheaper products in the name of value engineering.  The new Quality Tracker – developed and backed by RIBA, representing architects, the RICS, representing surveyors, and the CIOB, representing building professionals – aims to get this problem under control.  https://luxreview.com/article/2019/02/quality-initiative-aims-to-end-spec-breaking

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