April 30, 2002
In today's litigious society, protecting yourself from legal risks, such as claims for breach of contract and/or negligence, can be one of the most difficult parts of a project. A document published by ASHRAE (Atlanta) describes how to avoid and/or limit those risks and come out of contract negotiations as a survivor. The ASHRAE Member's Survival Guide - Contracts: A Self-Help Tool for Managing Risk Through the Use of Contract Terms discusses risks faced by designers, consulting engineers, architects, construction managers and other ASHRAE members. It also contains information about provisions to which members should not agree and tips for negotiating contracts.