April 23, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:01 pm

Construction industry updates building guide

The Connecticut design and construction industry has released an update version of the Connecticut Construction Guidelines, meant to help property owners navigate the building process.

"The primary target is people who are in a position to undertake construction projects, such as owners," said Martin Onorato, president of the Connecticut Building Congress and one of the authors.

A group of state industry professionals collectively called the Connecticut Construction Guidelines Coalition first assembled the publication 10 years ago. It is filled with information on issues that can arise during the building process and how those issues can be dealt with or avoided.

The 117-page publication is primarily distributed as a free download through the Web sites of the Connecticut Building Congress and the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The coalition decided last year to issue an updated version of the guidelines because of the changes in the industry over the past decade. Sustainability in building has become a much greater issue, for example, Onorato said.

The updated version has been available online since January, but the Connecticut Building Congress is hosting a special rollout of the publication at 5:30 p.m. May 8 at the Inn at Middletown.

The event will highlight important information for owners, such as managing the construction process, reducing risk, and containing costs.

The updated version of the guidelines deals with issues such as the regulatory requirements for the construction. Owners are advised to develop a curriculum of requirements and the time necessary to obtain approvals, then communicate the responsibilities of project participants.

In the sustainability section, the publication lists all the different rating agencies that can help a new construction project achieve its desired sustainability ratings by advancing all the requirements early in the construction process.

The publication also discusses when it is necessary to bring specific specialties onto projects, such as environmental engineers and geotechnical engineers. It also deals with technological advances in the construction industry over the past 10 years.

The issues contained in the Connecticut Construction Guidelines are not specific to the state, nor does the publication deal with issues caused by doing business in the state.

"Because the document was written by people in the Connecticut market, it reflects the industry in Connecticut," Onorato said.


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