Procuring Innovation in Construction

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The objective of this report is to help public and private owners become “innovation friendly” in their construction procurement – to enable them to access the potential environmental, economic and social benefits that innovative construction solutions can bring. It is also intended to assist architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms set up their competitive response processes so they can bring their best to projects that push technical and logistical boundaries.

The question this report hopes to answer is: using mass timber as a case study, how can the procurement process be best deployed to accommodate project specific R&D, allow for new technologies and processes and encourage project team creativity? 

This report draws on activities in BC and other jurisdictions to assemble emerging best practices supported by case studies and examples as a means to promote ongoing discussion about how best to procure innovative construction projects. It has been shaped by the BC Construction Association’s Construction Innovation Project –  a strategy for BC released in 2015. It is directed to innovators and early adopters seeking to improve their business performance and competitiveness through acceptance of new technologies and processes.