DESIGN. BID. BUILD.
Updated: Apr 22
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The Pros and Cons of Performance Specs
Biggest Pro: Performance specifications give the contractor freedom to install the sprinkler system in the manner which they see as most cost effective.
Biggest Con: Performance specifications give the contractor freedom to install the sprinkler system in the manner which they see as most cost effective.
Most times, you are not bidding apples-to-apples
Greater margin of error, from either the engineering or installation standpoint
Higher probability of promoting illegal and unethical engineering practices
The architect or engineer who produces the performance specification does NOT have reduced liability, even if your Bid Drawings required the contractor to hire the Engineer of Record
Why is the biggest pro also the biggest con? Because performance specifications can take away the ability of the owner, architect, and engineer to control the manner in which the sprinkler systems are installed, especially when the project follows a design-build process.
On top of that, a second con to performance specifications is that you likely are not bidding apples to apples. For example one contractor may bid on concealed piping and concealed pendent sprinklers which are more expensive while another contractor bids on exposed pipe with upright sprinklers. These systems are completely different, one looks nice in your building and the other may not, and the unattractive installation is probably much cheaper to install. Will this be what your building owner wants?
Another con to performance specifications is that your liability may not be reduced, even if the bid drawings require the contractor to hire an engineer of record.
Let’s think this one through for a minute. How can you be held liable if you are not considered the "Engineer of Record”? The easiest answer is because your performance specification is the bid document which provided all project design criteria, and therefore if that design criteria is incorrect, you can be held professionally liable for having developed that incorrect design criteria.
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