Tag: advocacy

IIBEC Asks North Dakota Senate Panel to Protect QBS in Cooperative Procurement Bill

February 16, 2023

On February 8, 2023, IIBEC submitted to the North Dakota Senate State and Local Committee testimony in support of qualifications-based selection (QBS) for the procurement of construction design services. Specifically, IIBEC asked the committee to amend SB 2370 “to protect taxpayers and ensure compliance with state requirements regarding the procurement of architecture, engineering, and land surveying services, as outlined by N.D.C.C. Chapter 54-44.7, by inserting a provision prohibiting the purchase of such services via a cooperative purchasing program.”

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Canadian Advisory Body Submits Report to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

February 03, 2023

On January 27, 2023, Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change of Canada, announced that the Net-Zero Advisory Board had submitted its first annual report, “Compete and Succeed in a Net-Zero Future.” The report contains 25 recommendations to speed Canada’s transition to net-zero emissions by 2050. Composed of nine experts from across Canada, the board was authorized by the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. 

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IIBEC Scores a Victory as Alabama DOT Changes Procurement Regulation

December 01, 2022

By John Boling IIBEC is pleased to report that the Alabama Department of Transportation (AL DOT) agreed to modify regulations implementing changes to the state’s procurement law. The revised regulation that becomes effective on January 14, 2023, eliminates provisions requiring the procurement of architecture, engineering, and design services based on price (low-bid) for state-funded projects […]

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IIBEC Organizes Opposition to Proposed Alabama Regulation Gutting QBS

November 09, 2022

In early October IIBEC became alarmed after reading Alabama Department of Transportation (AL DOT) proposed draft regulations overhauling state procurement procedures. Specifically, the proposal instituted a new procedure for architecture, engineering, and design services based on price (low-bid) for state-funded projects, while maintaining the requirement that qualifications-based selection (QBS) is used for projects that use federal funds. IIBEC reached out to organizations in the state that also support QBS to raise the alarm and confirm the proposal was, in fact, gutting QBS for state funded projects. IIBEC submitted comments on November 4, 2022, opposing the proposal.

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IIBEC Joins Industry Letter Warning of Unintended Consequences of Low Carbon Mandates

November 03, 2022

IIBEC joined the National Roofing Contractors Association and Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association on a November 3 letter responding to the US General Services Administration’s (GSA) request for information regarding construction materials with substantially lower embodied carbon. The response seeks to assure GSA that Environmental Product Declarations for materials used in the building enclosure sector are increasingly widely available and that designers base their material selection decisions on numerous factors. The letter makes this unambiguously clear by stating, “We oppose policies that restrict choice among design professionals and building owners based on environmental impacts alone.”

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IIBEC Encourages IRS to Use IIBEC-Credentialed Professionals to Oversee Commercial-Building Energy Efficiency Projects

November 03, 2022

The Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently asked for comments on a series of questions to determine how to best implement Section 179(D)—the commercial building energy efficiency tax credit that Congress recently passed. IIBEC began its comments reminding the IRS that “one of the concerns that helped convince Congress to expand and revise Section 179(D) was that the tax credit was underused and in order to achieve nationwide energy efficiency goals, the provisions needed to be more flexible and accessible.” This theme runs through IIBEC’s comments.

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Brooks Act

October 27, 2022

On this day, October 27, in 1972, US President Richard Nixon signed into law legislation providing for qualifications-based selection (QBS) of architecture, engineering (A&E), and related services, including surveying and mapping. It was 50 years ago today the Brooks Act became law. At the time of its enactment, the Brooks Act was a radical departure from the norm of lowest bid in federal procurement. It set a precedent that enabled qualitative factors to become commonplace in various contemporary acquisition procedures. In other words, A&E was for past performance and best value before it was cool.

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IIBEC Provides Comments on Canadian Green Buildings Strategy

September 23, 2022

By John Boling On August 17, 2022, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), announced the launch of a public engagement process for the Canada Green Buildings Strategy (CBGS). IIBEC took the opportunity to provide comments on the new strategy. According to the announcement, the CGBS seeks to mobilize national action to reduce emissions […]

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