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How to Make Integrated Project Delivery Work for Your Project

GBCI: 0920003962

Early successes with IPD are now legendary but also fostered misconceptions. Learn why the legends have led to such myths, the true barriers to IPD (for now), and tips to ensure that collaboration will translate to results.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
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Rating system: v4, v2009



Though it’s still vaguely defined and is understood differently in different circles, IPD is essentially “a project delivery method that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to reduce waste and optimize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction.” Some use it to describe a collaborative approach independent of what type of contract is used. Others classify the use of IPD principles without integrated forms of agreements as “IPD-ish” or “IPD-lite.”

Whether IPD or IPD-ish, the basic idea behind IPD—that every member of the project team should be collaborating even before design—requires long-term perspective regarding upfront investment, a change in attitude about hard bids, and a commitment to complete integration, including administrative efforts. IPD also alters liability issues—while promising to prevent litigious relationships in the first place.

This course sorts the misperceptions from the true barriers—an important first step in determining whether to offer IPD as a delivery option or to adopt it in full—and shows specific ways to cultivate the collaboration that’s essential for success in IPD projects.


  1. State three problems that Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) promises to solve.
  2. Dispel four misconceptions about IPD that have contributed to its low adoption rate.
  3. Describe four true barriers to IPD and explain how they could shift.
  4. Serve a leadership role as facilitator and educator in IPD.
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BuildingGreen, Inc.
Brattleboro, VT
United States


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