GIRI Design Guide

Research by the Get It Right Initiative established that a significant proportion of the failings that lead to errors in construction are rooted in the project formation and design processes.

The GIRI Design Guide shares a series of good-practice recommendations to address these root causes and have a significant impact on the avoidance of error throughout the delivery of a project.

This GIRI Design Guide, which is published online, is now also available to download in pdf. It replaces the Guide to Improving Value by Reducing Design Error which was published in 2018, updating and building on the contents and recommendations of that report. 

The guide is not just for those who carry out design; its recommendations have implications for everyone involved in the construction industry, from building and infrastructure clients to contractors and their supply chains.

All parties have a role to play in reducing design process error – whether that is in ensuring design information is correct and submitted to the relevant parties in a timely manner; in providing designers with the necessary resources to carry out their work effectively, or by simply establishing and supporting a culture that gives people the confidence to challenge things that could lead to errors.

Everyone will benefit from the guide in one way or another – it can serve as an introduction for those who are new to the industry, or have limited experience in commissioning, or as a reminder of best practice for those with many years of experience.

All parties gain a greater understanding of how the establishment of a cohesive, collaborative team can lead to improved project outcomes.The guide identifies the crucial benefits of early investment in design and promotes wider awareness of best-practice processes.

For architects and consulting engineers the Design Guide offers a reminder of best practice through all stages of a project, including the crucial design decisions that need to be made at the outset. They will also gain an understanding of the challenges faced by other parties in the project team. The guide provides a platform through which the crucial aspects of early stage engagement with the client, contractors and supply chain can be raised and discussed.

For clients, developers and asset owners, the guide sets out the key activities that need to be undertaken at the beginning of a project and the critical watchpoints through the design and construction process.

Contractors and subcontractors benefit from the guide as a means of demonstrating how early contractor involvement, and an emphasis on collaborative culture can improve project outcomes. For subcontractors with design responsibilities under a contractor’s design portion or similar, the guide offers a means of demonstrating how earlier involvement in design development reduces the risk of errors occurring later in the project.

Similarly for specialist supply-chain companies, the Design Guide offers a way of demonstrating how early involvement can reduce the risk of late changes, as procurement proceeds and alternatives are considered.

To find out more visit the website, or download the report in pdf. 

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