Focus on CSR: How Does IPD Support CSR?

Integrated project delivery (IPD) is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize the project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction. Key features of IPD include:

  • Early involvement of key participants;
  • Shared risk and reward based on project outcome;
  • Joint project control;
  • Reduced liability exposure; and
  • Jointly developed and validated targets.

IPD supports corporate social responsibility (CSR) by establishing a platform where success is measured in much broader metrics than just cost or schedule. On an IPD project, the team establishes a set of common values, goals, and objectives that are arrived at through a process that begins with every stakeholder answering the question “What is important to ME to consider this project a success?” The values guide the decisions and actions of the team, and almost always include things on team dynamics, user satisfaction, community satisfaction, collaboration, sustainability and performance, etc.—all central considerations in a robust CSR environment, and ultimately connected through to a fundamental respect for people.

IPD is complementary to other practices such as Lean (see Lean Construction Institute of Canada) and building information modeling (see Institute for BIM in Canada) in that IPD creates a platform for collaboration, and Lean and BIM provide the means. The value-added by the tools and processes of Lean and BIM are best realized in a collaborative, open, transparent environment. That’s exactly what IPD creates. (See also “Motivation and Means: How and Why IPD and Lean Lead to Project Success”.)

IPD as a delivery model is still in very early adoption in Canada, with probably less than 20 IPD projects underway or completed across the country. Early reporting suggests that most if not all of these projects are performing on par with track records demonstrated through research as referenced above and elsewhere in the industry; that is to say, on or under budget, on or ahead of schedule, with owners expressing high satisfaction with overall value delivered. The Canadian Construction Association, through its involvement in the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC), the Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C), and the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) is a champion for building solid foundations for collective success around IPD, LEAN, BIM, and many other emergent tools and practices focused on betterment of the Canadian design and construction industry.


To learn more, download Corporate Social Responsibility in the Canadian Construction Sector: A Practical Guide to CSR from the Member login section.