New GIRI project aims to tackle defects at source

22 Nov 23

Help tackle errors at source by taking part in a pilot project funded by GIRI and supported by the Construction Leadership Council and contractors’ umbrella body Actuate UK.

The project aims to use anonymous data to tackle the root causes of the industry's ‘defects culture’, with the ultimate goal of removing the need for retention payments. The scheme is inspired by the success of similar data-gathering schemes in addressing health and safety concerns.

In this initial stage, GIRI is working with Cranfield University to conduct a survey to gather data as a proof-of-concept project. Clients and contractors are invited to share their project data anonymously to help build a picture of the range and number of defects as a first step in their elimination.

Defect numbers will be collected from contract handover certificates using processes developed by GIRI, after which they will be rationalised against the overall value of the contract. Results are then normalised to enable comparison between sectors and projects and provide insights that can be used in efforts to eliminate the need for retentions. 

Importantly, all information submitted is confidential and will be used for research purposes only.

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