Use of a Warranty Tracking Program to Identify and Resolve Performance Risks

Dhaval Gajjar, Dean Kashiwagi, Kenneth Sullivan, Brian Lines

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Abstract

Warranties in the construction industry have become more prevalent as buyers often rely upon the length of the warranties in evaluating products and services. Research has shown that the length of the warranty has no correlation to the actual performance of the product or service being purchased. The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of a study, seeking to optimize the value of a warranty as a risk minimization tool. In the research, a warranty program was developed and tested with a medium-sized construction coating manufacturer. The program tracks all the installed projects and provides an overall snapshot of the performance of all the installed projects and identifies "risky projects" (leaks, blisters, end-user dissatisfied) via annual collection of post-construction performance data. Five years of data are presented with 68 risky projects being identified with an average risk resolution of less than 30 days. The paper presents the development of the warranty risk minimization program, the risk identification and resolution methodology, a new model for measuring performance in the construction industry and the optimal use of warranties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages2171-2176
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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Gajjar, D., Kashiwagi, D., Sullivan, K., & Lines, B. (2016). Use of a Warranty Tracking Program to Identify and Resolve Performance Risks. In Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016 (pp. 2171-2176). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479827.216