RT ECP: Published Articles

November 7, 2022

A look at the Surfside condominium collapse & lessons learned in liability

The design-bid-build project delivery method has dominated the construction landscape for many years. Under this methodology, contractors commonly bid on fully completed designs drawn to code with cost estimates, specification guidelines, material recommendations and other pertinent details already included in the planning. The design documents are developed by the design team under a single contract […]

October 28, 2022

Wood-frame construction: Risks and liabilities

Wood framing is a $24 billion U.S. industry that covers the “new construction, alterations, maintenance, repairs and additions” of both residential and commercial structures like mixed-use facilities, according to research from IBISWorld. Although recently impacted by the pandemic, labor and material shortages, supply chain issues and project delays, a 2022 ThinkWood survey found that the latest low […]

October 28, 2022

Staying Safe – Owner’s protective professional indemnity has become a valuable tool to help insulate CRE professionals from various exposures during development.

Without the proper coverage, even seemingly inconsequential design and construction management errors and mishaps can turn into financial disasters. Billed as one of the world’s most luxurious buildings and home to celebrities like legendary quarterback Joe Montana, Millennium Tower in San Francisco opened in 2009, with more than 400 multimillion-dollar units, soaring panoramic views, and […]

July 25, 2022

Risk Management Solutions for Site Development Environmental Exposures

The potential for environmental exposures is ever-present when it comes to developmental projects. In fact, a review of the RT Specialty’s Environmental and Construction Professional Practice (RT ECP) book of business from 2020 to 2021 found an uptick in soil and groundwater contamination exposures faced by the company’s real estate acquisition and development insureds in commercial […]

March 3, 2022

Infrastructure projects and the need for environmental insurance

The good news is infrastructure in the U.S. has improved over the past several years. The bad news is that it still isn’t very good. The 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure recently released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) found the nation’s infrastructure averaged a “C-,” which was the country’s highest grade in the past 20 years. This […]

January 18, 2022

Protecting Against Environmental Risk in Changing Climates

Already expecting a downturn, the commercial construction industry was further impacted when COVID-19 either delayed or shuttered projects nationwide and a seemingly endless barrage of storms caused more than $95 billion in damages across the United States alone. This is on top of the growing array of emerging contaminant liability claims that increasingly plague jobsites […]

January 2, 2022

2022 Contractor’s Professional Liability Market Trends and Challenges

The introduction of new construction materials coupled with a renewed emphasis on modular building, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and wearable and drone technologies is not only expected to ease existing cost burdens but also speed construction processes while completing projects on time and within budgets. Another boost is expected to come from President Joe Biden’s […]

November 8, 2021

Help! My legal fees have maxed out my insurance

“Help! My legal fees exhausted the limits on my insurance policy. What can I do now?” This is often the lament of contractors embroiled in the litigation of costly claims. Unfortunately, once the terms and conditions are set and the ink is dry on everyone’s signatures, the answer is: “Not much.” Read more.

September 29, 2021

Understanding the professional liability exposures that plague projects

The wrongful performance of professional services can not only result in hefty financial losses, but also structural damages that can cause many problems, from delays to collapses and loss of life. The errors and/or omissions related to engineering and architectural designs, land surveys, construction management and technical consulting are just a few of the areas […]

July 19, 2021

How Agents Can Help Contractors Mitigate the Risks of Potential Exposures

We’re living in a quick-service economy that expects nothing less than immediacy served with a side of excellence—a challenge that has become increasingly more intense for contractors working within the construction marketplace. Across the U.S., a large problem for many contractors is that many are still unaware of the professional services and pollution risks associated with […]

June 22, 2021

Document Everything

Every construction project combines a vast array of symbiotic disciplines. When synchronized brilliantly, the artistic blend of architectural design, engineering and oversight can achieve spectacular results. But unlike a movie, sculpture or painting, everything must work precisely, efficiently and in unison to perform up to spec in the real world. The Millennium Falcon in Star […]

April 1, 2021

Businesses Adopt Climate Change Initiatives

Climate change has already begun to reshape the planet and the ways we live and conduct business. Unfortunately, many scientists project the negative effects will only get worse. The 1,300-member Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. According to the National Oceanic and […]

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