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General Scope of Work Example G101

Trade Contractor Standards and Description of Work Performance


The Company’s Terms and Conditions are by reference a part of all Scope of Work requirements. The Company’s Construction Documents including Construction Drawings and Specifications, these “Trade Contractor Standards and Description of Work Performance” and the “Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists” are included by reference as a description of the Work to be performed by The Trade Contractor and are by reference a part of the agreement between The Company and The Trade Contractor.

Construction Requirements

Generally speaking, the work of Trade Contractor and their employees is expected to be performed in a good and workmanlike manner. Workmanlike quality is defined as workmanship which meets or exceeds those criteria indicated in applicable building codes, The Company’s specific performance requirements, NAHB’s Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, and manufacturer specifications, using materials and installation methods identified in the construction documents (plans and specifications) and the Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists. The quality of The Trade Contractor’s installation is expected to support the quality of the builder’s design and specified materials.

Code Requirements

All jobs shall conform to those standards stipulated in the building code, mechanical code, plumbing code and electrical code applicable in the local jurisdiction. “Code” means the minimum standard that will achieve an occupancy permit. It does not necessarily mean “quality” or “high performance.”

If any high performance requirements pertaining to the Trade Contractor’s Work are in conflict with either the local building code or local code official interpretation of the local building code, it is the responsibility of the Trade Contractor to notify The Company of any conflict as soon as the Trade Contractor becomes aware of any such conflict.

High Performance Requirements

High Performance Requirements address the major damage functions that affect materials and buildings: heat, water, radiation (ultraviolet) and biological organisms (which frequently require liquid water). Reducing the risk of damage by these forces is accomplished principally by controlling the following flows across the building enclosure: energy (thermal and ultraviolet radiation), air (heat and moisture), water (liquid, capillary and vapor) and insects and other pests.

The High Performance Requirements for each Trade Contractor’s Work make explicit the general premise that quality and high performance are linked—one cannot be achieved without the other. While a worker could successfully satisfy the requirements in the scopes without understanding the objective or the rational, an informed worker is more likely to satisfy the intent of the requirements and is definitely more likely to devise alternative solutions that may be as or more effective, as easy or easier to accomplish, and as or less expensive.

Trade Contractor-specific High Performance Requirements are contained in the Introduction of the Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists for each Trade Contractor.

General Requirements

The general requirements refer to the specific manufacturer’s instructions or requirements or a specific trade organization’s requirements for performance or installation practices. The Trade Contractor shall notify The Company (Superintendent) if a discrepancy is identified between the manufacturer’s requirements and The Company’s specific requirements.

All installations are the responsibility of The Trade Contractor. It is also the responsibility of The Trade Contractor to:
1. Ensure that each of their installation employees has read and understands the Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists.
2. Designate a Trade Contractor supervisory representative to complete and sign the Pre-Work Inspection and the Post-Work Inspection Checklists contained in Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists.

Completed Pre-Work Inspection and Post-Work Inspection Checklists must be and kept on file at The Trade Contractor’s office.

Interaction with Other Trades

Construction is a process that involves sequential work performed by a variety of subcontractors. The Trade Contractor must understand that his Work does not occur in isolation; rather it must integrate with Work that precedes and follows his Work. Each contractor must therefore preserve the integrity of the prior Work performed by other contractors. The Trade Contractor understands the importance of the continuity of drainage planes, air barriers, and thermal barriers and will train their employees to protect these systems or repair them if they are compromised during their course of their Work. The Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists expresses trade interaction concerns and items in the Introduction as well as throughout the Requirements, associated Details, and Checklists, but particularly in the Pre-Work Inspection Checklist. The Pre-Work Inspection Checklist in Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists establishes the status of these systems before The Trade Contractor begins work while the Post-Work Inspection Check List in Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists verifies their status at the conclusion of The Trade Contractor’s work.

General Comments

1. The Company considers our Trade Contractors to be experts at producing a high-quality job. But everyone on our construction team—staff, Trade Contractors, and suppliers—recognizes the importance of providing quality in both the product and service areas while on our jobsites and in the homes of our purchasers.

2. Since we work as a team, poor quality or service from any of us reflects unfavorably on all of us. An exceptional level of product quality and highly effective service can help us all to increase our business and grow.

3. The Company’s definition of quality construction also requires that every job be completed correctly the first time. When this does not occur it costs both of us additional money, imposes on the purchaser, and hurts our reputations as quality builders. That is why, in situations where construction was not completed in a quality manner, prompt corrective action is required to remedy specific deficiencies.

4. In the following information the term ‘Site Superintendent’ refers to any Company representative with authority to perform the specified task. The term Trade Contractor means The Trade Contractor’s organization or any representative who is assigned the authority to perform the specified task.

Detailed Job Requirements

1. A new set of plans is required for each house. Plans are subject to changes and modifications. It is the responsibility of The Trade Contractor to have the new plans before beginning work. Plans should be picked up at the job trailer from the Site Superintendent, or provided to the Trade Contractor’s installation crews by the Trade Contractor. Any errors that occur from using an incorrect set of plans will be corrected by The Trade Contractor at no cost to The Company.
2. Purchase orders shall be transmitted to The Trade Contractor from The Company’s office and shall be provided in ample time for The Trade Contractor to have the correct materials on hand prior to starting the Work.
3. Specific installation instructions, including associated Details, are supplied in Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists.
4. Performance testing, when applicable (as detailed below), will be one method of testing the success of the installation.
5. Any items found during the final inspection that need correction shall be corrected before payment will be made.
Performance Testing
1. When an appropriate test method exists to evaluate the performance of the installation, it will be detailed in this section. Testing protocols that may apply include 100% testing (every installation), random percentage (e.g. 1 in 7) or the reserved right to test any installation as determined by The Company or the Site Superintendent. Test protocols, and the definition of successful performance or the threshold for successful performance are detailed in the Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists .
2. The definition of successful performance or the threshold for successful performance will also be detailed.
3. The Trade Contractor will be responsible for correcting the installation so that performance meets the stated threshold. The cost of corrective action is the responsibility of The Trade Contractor.

Inspection Checklist
1. The post-installation inspection checklist documents The Trade Contractor’s compliance with the performance requirements that are explicitly detailed in Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists. The Post-Inspection Checklist is contained in Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists.

2. Inspection checklists are provided to document successful completion of the installation as included in Trade Contractor Requirements and Checklists. If the installation fails to meet the requirements specified in this Scope of Work or conform to the Finished Detail then The Trade Contractor must correct any deficiency found during any inspection at no cost to The Company. If the deficiency is discovered prior to payment, the deficiency must be successfully corrected before payment will be made.

3. Performance test results will be reported on the Post-Work Inspection Checklist. Note that there are times when the specific performance test cannot be performed until well AFTER the completion of the work, after completion of the checklist and even after the deficiency can be readily remedied by the responsible Trade Contractor. When this occurs, the Trade Contractor will take reasonable and practical measures to fix the performance failure, and develop a corrective action plan with the builder to identify the cause of the performance failure and how the Trade Contractor will meet the performance requirement in the future. It is conceivable that the deficiency for which the Trade Contractor is responsible will be worked out within the broader financial agreements and exchange between The Company and the Trade Contractor, rather than on the level of one particular home.

4. The Trade Contractor and the Site Superintendent must sign-off on all deficiencies attesting that the job is 100-percent complete and is correct per the job requirements found in this Scope of Work.

I ______________________________________ agent for ______________________________
have read and fully understand the above Scope of Work and I hereby agree to perform all work in accordance with the above.

Date: ___________ ______________________________________________
Signed: Trade Contractor (or agent)

Date: ___________ ______________________________________________
For The Company


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