LEED GA exam requires you to understand certain basic concepts pertaining to Green Buildings. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is one of those.
You must have heard of this term “IPD” several times in conferences, presentations and news articles repeatedly. Hardly people fail to mention this term in meetings these days. Especially, if it is meant for business improvements or project delivery improvements. When I heard that term for the first time, it sounded very fancy to me. Something like…“NYPD..!”
Jokes apart. Project delivery is a process of assigning risks to those who have a better capability of handling it. Traditional project delivery method takes too much effort to segregate the tasks and assigning it to different parties involved in the project. As a result, traditionally, projects take too much of time for completion than what they should. The reason behind this is, everyone wants to play a safe game and if anything goes wrong, they tend to blame others to save their own back.
It is this problem which necessitated the evolution of new project delivery methods. Some of the evolving project delivery methods are Design-Build (DB), Construction Management at Risk (CMR) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). The sole theme of all these evolving project delivery methods is to involve as many persons in the team in the early stage of the project. IPD went one step further and distributed the risk equally among all project participants including owner, contractor and designer.
The following table distinguishes IPD from traditional project delivery methods on different measures.
|Participants/Team||Work Independently||Collaborative, assembled – from conception to completion|
|Work Process/Work Sequence||Linear||Concurrent, Shared Information|
|Compensation||Individual Based||Team Based|
|Communication||Paper Based, Digital||Paper Based, Digital, Building Information Modeling|
|Cost Concern||First Costs||Life Cycle Costs|
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