Understanding the NEC3 ECC Contract
A Practical Handbook
As usage of the NEC (formerly the New Engineering Contract) family of contracts continues to grow worldwide, so does the importance of understanding its clauses and nuances to everyone working in the built environment. Currently in its third edition, this set of contracts is different to others in concept as well as format, so users may well find themselves needing a helping hand along the way.
Understanding the NEC3 ECC Contract uses plain English to lead the reader through the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract’s key features, including:
- main and secondary options
- the use of early warnings
- programme provisions
- compensation events
- preparing and assessing tenders.
Common problems experienced when using the Engineering and Construction Contract are signalled to the reader throughout, and the correct way of reading each clause explained. The way the contract effects procurement processes, dispute resolution, project management, and risk management are all addressed in order to direct the user to best practice.
Written for construction professionals, by a practicing international construction contract consultant, this handbook is the most straightforward, balanced and practical guide to the NEC3 ECC available. An ideal companion for employers, contractors, project managers, supervisors, engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, subcontractors, and anyone else interested in working successfully with the NEC3 ECC.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction 1. Early Warnings 2. Design 3. Time 4. Testing & Defects 5. Payment 6. Compensation Events 7. Title 8. Insurance 9. Termination 10. Disputes 11. Tenders
Kelvin Hughes spent 18 years in commercial management with major contractors, then the past 19 years as a consultant, including a four-year senior lectureship at the University of Glamorgan. He has been a leading authority on the NEC since 1996, was Secretary of the NEC Users' Group for ten years and has run over 1,200 NEC training courses.