NEC3 and NEC4 Compared

Author(s): Robert Alan Gerrard
ISBN: 9780727762016
Publication Date: 19 September 2017
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Format:Paperback
Publication status: Published
Publisher:ICE Publishing
Page size:297x210mm
Number of pages:192
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NEC3 and NEC4 Compared is a practical reference guide which covers on a clause-by-clause basis, the differences between the NEC3 and NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contracts. Using clear and simple language, the book will allow the reader to…



Product code: 9780727762016

NEC3 and NEC4 Compared is a practical reference guide which covers on a clause-by-clause basis, the differences between the NEC3 and NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contracts. Using clear and simple language, the book will allow the reader to gain a rapid overview of all the updates to the ECC Contract forms.

The book presents each clause of NEC3 opposite the new wording of NEC4 with all changes highlighted. Detailed explanatory notes are included which describe the significance of important changes. Users will be able to look up any clause in the NEC3 Contract and see at a glance, what, if anything, has changed. The book covers all updates to the core NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract but it will also be useful for those using other contracts in the NEC contract suite, so anybody wishing to understand the new provisions applied across the suite of NEC4 contracts will benefit from this book.

Written by an established NEC expert, and a member of the NEC consultation panel, this companion to the NEC4 contract suite will be a valuable resource for anyone who is familiar with the provisions of NEC3 and is looking for an easy-to-use comparison of the changes between the two editions.

Book Review

With the release of the NEC4 suite of contracts in June 2017, there is a need to bring those in the industry familiar with NEC3 forms up to speed on the changes to this widely used contract family. Gerard’s new book provides a clause-by-clause comparison between NEC4 and NEC3 versions of the Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) – the main works contract in the suite – but the principles behind the changes are consistent across the other forms. The book explains why specific changes have been made between NEC3 and NEC4, focusing on the feedback provided over the last few years by the industry. Each ECC clause is shown, starting with the core clauses and then the main option and secondary clauses, with each individual change highlighted and explained. The explanations themselves cover both the rationale behind the changes and the practical implications.

A brief glossary of new NEC4 terminology is also provided, which is particularly useful for the reader to understand the main differences quickly. The writing style, as with NEC contracts themselves, is simple and non-legalistic – which means it is a useful easy reference which can be quickly used on a regular basis. With NEC4 being the future of the now globally used NEC suite, this is an invaluable resource for practitioners. It is aimed towards practitioners of varying backgrounds including engineers, supervisors, quantity surveyors and contractors. In summary, I found the book to be an easy-todigest way of learning about the differences between NEC3 and NEC4.


Stuart Ross, Arup