Defect-Free Buildings (McGraw-Hill Construction Series)

A Construction Manual for Quality Control and Conflict Resolution

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Date

October 24, 2006

Format

Hardback, 341 pages

ISBN

0071479597 / 9780071479592

$

Your Price

89.00



Overview


Main description

ELIMINATE CONSTRUCTION MISTAKES AND MINIMIZE YOUR EXPOSURE TO EXPENSE AND LITIGATION WITH DEFECT-FREE BUILDINGS

Nothing packs a more costly punch and ruins a project faster than a construction defect dispute. And nothing stops a project dead in its tracks faster than conflicts between builders and owners. But with McGraw-Hill's Defect-Free Buildings, you can rid your projects of these debilitating conflicts and protect your business against the costs, delays, and litigation they create.

Packed with easy-to-understand guidelines, protocols, and checklists, this indispensable volume helps you:

  • Determine proper construction methods and costs during planning and bidding
  • Avoid defects in the building stages and enhance quality control
  • Obtain the proper insurance and satisfy underwriting requirements
  • Reduce or eliminate the threat and cost of litigation

KEEP THE PEACE

To help you minimize cost and lost time when disputes become unavoidable, Defect-Free Buildings also delivers a wide range of powerful conflict-resolution techniques. You'll learn how to:

  • Get the right contract in place
  • Develop forms and documents that minimize or eliminate disputes and delays in payment
  • Document construction conditions to avoid potential conflicts and owner claims
  • Resolve conflicts effectively
  • And more!

Written by a construction attorney with more than 25 years' experience as an arbitrator and mediator, Defect-Free Buildings is the money-saving resource you'll want within reach on every construction job.


Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsHow to Use This BookIntroductionChapter 1: A Basic Primer on the Construction ProcessChapter 2: The Construction ContractChapter 3: Why Do Contractors Get Sued?Chapter 4: Background to Construction Defect LawChapter 5: The Most Common Construction Defects and How to Avoid ThemChapter 6: Using Plans, Specifications, and Contract Terms to Avoid DefectsChapter 7: Document ControlChapter 8: Managing Conflict During ConstructionChapter 9: Cost-Saving TechniquesChapter 10: The Lawsuit -- What Happens NextChapter 11: ConclusionAPPENDIX A: FORM OF CASE MANAGEMENT ORDERAPPENDIX B: FORM OF CONSTRUCTION DEFECT COMPLAINT: HOMEOWNER vs. DEVELOPERAPPENDIX C: FORM OF COMPLAINT: HOMEOWNER vs. CONTRACTORAPPENDIX D: FORM OF FINAL DEFECT LIST: HOMEOWNER vs. CONTRACTORAPPENDIX E: FORM OF MEDIATION BRIEF: HOMEOWNER vs. DEVELOPER -- Principal Issues Involve Soils ProblemsAPPENDIX F: FORM OF ANSWER TO COMPLAINT: HOMEOWNER vs. CONTRACTORAPPENDIX G: FORM OF CROSS COMPLAINT BY CONTRACTOR AGAINST SUBCONTRACTORS FOR INDEMNITY AND AGAINST OWNERAPPENDIX H: SELECTED PROVISIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION LITIGATIONBibliographyIndex


Author comments

Robert S. Mann has nearly 25 years' experience as a lawyer, arbitrator, and mediator of construction disputes. He has been involved in hundreds of complex construction defect and construction breach of contract matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars, and has successfully mediated/arbitrated over 100 construction, business, and real estate disputes. He has substantial technical expertise in virtually every aspect of construction, lectures extensively, and has authored numerous appellate briefs. Mr. Mann is President of The Mann Law Firm, APC, and a member of the National Roster of Construction/Commercial Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, Panel of Mediators and Arbitrators, Arbitration Mediation and Conciliation Center. He was Special Litigation Counsel for the bankruptcy estate of owner/developer, resulting in the largest construction defect arbitration award in California history.


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ELIMINATE CONSTRUCTION MISTAKES AND MINIMIZE YOUR EXPOSURE TO EXPENSE AND LITIGATION

Nothing packs a more costly punch and ruins a project than a construction defect dispute. And nothing stops a project dead in its tracks faster than conflicts between builders and owners. But with McGraw-Hill's Defect-Free Buildings, you can rid your projects of these debilitating conflicts and protect your business against the costs, delays, and litigation they create.

Filled with easy-to-understand guidelines, protocols, and checklists, this indispensable volume helps you:

  • Determine proper construction methods and costs during planning and bidding
  • Avoid defects in the building stages and enhance quality control
  • Obtain the proper insurance and satisfy underwriting requirements
  • Reduce or eliminate the threat and cost of litigation

KEEP THE PEACE
To help you minimize cost and lost time when disputes become unavoidable, Defect-Free Buildings also delivers a wide range of powerful conflict-resolution techniques. You'll learn how to:

  • Get the right contract in place
  • Develop forms and documents that minimize or eliminate disputes and delays in payment
  • Document construction conditions to avoid potential conflicts and owner claims
  • Resolve conflicts effectively
  • And more!

Written by a construction attorney with more than 25 years' experience as an arbitrator and mediator, Defect-Free Buildings is the money-saving resource you'll want within reach on every construction job.





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