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    CDM 2007 AND DESIGN QUALITY

    Design Quality Indicator (DQI) now licensed in US 

    The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has announced licensing of DQI in the US for development and distribution in North America. DQI was launched in 2006 and is a process for evaluating design quality of buildings for use by everyone involved in the development process. It is a generic toolkit that can be used with all types of building and there is a version specifically aimed at school buildings. DQI can be used throughout the life of a project and there are four versions:

    • Briefing tool – enables project stakeholders to form and record a consensus about priorities and ambitions for the building
    • Mid-design assessment – allows the client and design teams check aspirations are being met throughout the design
    • Ready for occupation assessment – to check whether original intentions are achieved at occupation and set benchmarks for later assessment
    • In-use assessment – to receive feedback from the project team and building users to help make improvements for this and future projects

    Comment: The DQI tool fits well with the design requirements of CDM regarding the elimination of hazards and reduction of risk during the design process. Health and safety considerations can easily be included in all four versions of the tool.

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