1st Edition

Building Down Barriers
A Guide to Construction Best Practice

ISBN 9780415289658
Published March 21, 2003 by Routledge
152 Pages

USD $69.95

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Book Description

With rapid changes in procurement processes and increasing pressure for improvement, cohesion and efficiency, practitioners need to be aware of industry-wide generally acknowledged best practice. The recent Latham and Egan reports in the UK have spurred further intitiatives from the demand side of the industry to speed the pace of reform. This text examines those new initiatives, clearly explaining and comparing them with each other and with similar initiatives from other countries such as the USA or Singapore, and painting a vivid picture of the future of the construction industry under the effects of such changes. Aimed at anyone involved in construction supply chain from supplier to end user.

Table of Contents

1. Seventy Years of Customer Demand for Improvement  2. The International Demand for Improvement  3. The Three UK Best Practice Standards and their Six Goals  4. The Virtual Firm  5. Motivating and Leading Radical Improvement  6. Becoming a Best Practice Client  7. Integrating the Design and Construction Team  8. Ensuring the Delight of the End Users  9. Selecting the Independent Experts

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Until December 2000 Clive Cain was the Quality Director at Defence Estates. He was also responsible for the highly successful Building Down Barriers development project that developed the unique Handbook of Supply Chain Management. Prior to his early retirement, he was a member of the Movement for Innovation Board and Round Table. He was also actively involved with the Construction Clients' Forum Group (now the Confederation of Construction Clients) where he chaired the Steering Group responsible for Whole Life Costing: A Client's Guide. Since December 2000 Clive Cain has written the brief 'How To' guide Supply Chain Integration in Building Services, published by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers in the UK, and the concise booklet A Guide to Best Practice in Construction Procurement, published by the UK Construction Best Practice Programme.


This brief guide explains and compares the major aspects of the three sets of 'best practice' standards for construction procurement - the Confederation of Construction Clients' 'Charter Handbook', the National Audit Office report 'Modernising Construction', and the Department of Media, Culture and Sport report 'Better Public Buildings'. - Reference & Research Book News

A valuable guide for students in all design and construction courses. - UK Construction Magazine

The book is aimed at all members of the design and construction supply chain, including the client and end users, and is a valuable guide for students in all design and construction courses. - Building Services Journal

The book is of some considerable worth to the wide range of players in the building and construction delivery industry. - Construction Management and Economics

With a purchase price of £22.50, this Spon Press publication is worth a read. - Construction Management and Economics