NEC4: A Guide for Better Delivery of Projects in the Building Sector

Author(s): Kelvin Hughes

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Publication date: 13 December 2021
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NEC4: A Guide for Better Delivery of Projects in the Building Sector is a practical guide to the effective use of the NEC suite of contracts on building projects. Written for an international readership, the book gives an overview of the NEC4 Suite of Contracts, showing how they can be used to deliver better outcomes on building projects. It also c

NEC4: A Guide for Better Delivery of Projects in the Building Sector

is a practical guide to the effective use of the NEC suite of contracts on building projects. Written for an international readership, the book gives an overview of the NEC4 Suite of Contracts, showing how they can be used to deliver better outcomes on building projects. It also compares the contracts with other standard forms, including JCT 2016, FIDIC and PPC2000 contracts, providing an overview of their structure, applicability, strengths and weaknesses.

Topics covered in the book include the NEC4 procurement options, approaches to risk management, programme, payment and change management, and NEC4 dispute resolution processes. Written in an accessible style, the book clearly explains the benefits of using the NEC contract and will help to dispel a common misperception of the NEC as being solely for civil engineering projects.

NEC4: A Guide for Better Delivery of Projects in the Building Sector is suitable for both experienced professionals and also early career practitioners working on building projects, including contractors, architects, and engineers; consultants and quantity surveyors, and project managers.


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A useful book by Kelvin Hughes, dealing with the challenges to using NEC for building projects It provides a handy description of JCT, PPC2000, FIDIC and NEC provisions and summarises the advantages and disadvantages of JCT and NEC if used for building projects. This book is essential reading for Clients and their advisors in understanding how NEC could be used for their building contract.

Peter Higgins, Director at pdConsult, UK


This book is a good starting point for anyone who is familiar with JCT but wants to learn more about NEC and the benefits it can offer when used in the building sector. The sections in which the JCT and NEC forms of contract are compared in terms of areas such as design and risk management are particularly useful, as are the sections on the FIDIC and PPC 2000 forms of contract.

Shy Jackson, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner​, UK


An informative text, providing the reader with an insight into the multiple forms of contract currently in use. This book is an excellent place to start for anyone wanting to understand the nuances of each form and it provides effective examples of how the mechanisms of NEC4 can mitigate common issues on site through practical examples. Overall, this is a working text and a great companion to any project manger engineer or designers who needs support in the transition or is using the form for the first time.

Alex Heward CEng MICE

Kelvin Hughes

is a senior Partner at KH Consultants LLB and has over 45 years’ experience in the construction industry, including 18 years in commercial management with major contractors, then the past 28 years as a consultant, including a four-year senior lectureship at the University of Glamorgan (now “University of South Wales”). He has been a leading authority on the NEC contract since 1996, and has advised and run over 1,700 in-house and public courses worldwide on NEC, FIDIC, JCT, IChemE and other local international contracts, from Introduction up to Masterclass level. He was previously Secretary of the NEC Users’ Group and is the author of seven previous titles on the NEC suite of contracts.



Book Review



A useful book by Kelvin Hughes, dealing with the challenges to using NEC for building projects It provides a handy description of JCT, PPC2000, FIDIC and NEC provisions and summarises the advantages and disadvantages of JCT and NEC if used for building projects. This book is essential reading for Clients and their advisors in understanding how NEC could be used for their building contract.



Peter Higgins, Director at pdConsult, UK


Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780727765192
Number of pages: 272
Product code: 9780727765192
Page size: 243 x 170mm
Publication status: Published
Publisher: ICE Publishing

Preface
Acknowledgements
01.    Introduction to the NEC4 suite of contracts
02.    Building projects versus civil engineering projects
03.    Building contracts: the JCT contracts
04.    Building contracts: FIDIC and others
05.    The NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract
06.    The NEC4 Engineering and Construction Short Contract
07.    The NEC4 Professional Service Contract and the NEC4 Term Service Contract
08.    Comparison of NEC4 and JCT contracts 1: procurement choices and Contractor’s design
09.    Comparison of NEC4 and JCT contracts 2: risk management, programme management and change management
10.    NEC contracts in use for building projects
11.    Conclusion: a comparison of using JCT and NEC4 contracts for building projects

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