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Design-Build Best Practices

The Design-Build Institute of America has released updates to its “Design-Build Done Right® Universal Best Practices,” first released in 2014.


The 2023 Best Practices incorporates several changes that reflect the current state and projected growth of design-build, equipping project teams with vital guidance for delivering good design-build and creating consistency in expectations for design-build projects. More broadly, technological advancements, lessons learned during a global pandemic, societal change and industry shifts over the last several years also necessitated updated recommendations for design-build. Highlights include the addition of guiding principles that serve as an anchor to the best practices in the areas of universal ethical conduct, demonstrated competence, sustainable professional development and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.


It also has an enhanced focus on the role of industry practitioners—not just owners—and how they can further contribute to project and team success.


It  shows a clear distinction between a best value procurement approach versus progressive design-build.


The Universal Best Practices Primer can be downloaded from the DBIA Bookstore at no cost.

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