>>Amy's comments on training, continued education and, I might add, experience, in this trade does make a difference in quality-----or does it. <<
Yes, experience does make a very important difference in the quality of work, which is why we are focusing on experience in this Standards project. For example, all of the Founders, who are major contributors to the Standards, have decades of experience in window preservation. Any of the Advisers or Stakeholders with decades of experience can submit a work method to be consider as a standard. In this way the Standards draw on and reflect the experience of many.
By the way, Steve, when I think of you, I think of your experience working with contemporary windows as counting in the overall experience that you bring to your window preservation work, and to the Standards project as well.
>>How will an architect and owner decide if a low bidder on a project can actually perform quality restoration work? <<
There are two items in the Standard's Window Project Organization topic that help assure experience is brought to every window project:
1. Assemble the Window Team, must include significant input from a window specialist with extensive hands-on experience, and may also include a representative for the building owner, a project manager, an architect, etc…
7. Work samples and method demonstrations…
Work samples is one of the most direct ways to help assure quality of work. One or a few windows are done as a preliminary demonstration of the capability of the workers. The owner or architect can examine the work samples as they are done, and the completed work to judge the quality of the work and decide if it is suitable for the rest of the work. If it is not suitable then measures can be taken, such as finding other workers, or training the workers to improve the quality of their work, or selecting other methods that the workers can use to product quality work.
Here is the whole Window Project Organization topic:http://www.ptnresource.org/WPSC_forum/v ... f=10&t=163
>>How do we set standards of quality? ... Maybe this can't be included in the standards.<<
Yes it can, it definitely is being included right now. Each treatment standard has a Quality of Work section. For example, check out this standard on Fill Sill Weather Checks:http://www.ptnresource.org/WPSC_forum/v ... f=17&t=170
where there are details that show how to determine the quality of the work.
>> Perhaps a list of restorers and their credentials such as previous projects and past architect referrals.<<
This is a good idea, but it is beyond the scope of the current project. To provide such a list in a fair and reasonable way takes a huge amount of work. I know about this first hand because I have compiled and published such a list of nearly 300 window specialists. Often such accreditations and lists are compiled and maintained by national organizations (think of the AIA and AMA). and, so far, no national organizations have emerged for window specialists.
It is possible that the WPSC could develop into such a national organization, but right now we've got our hands full just getting the first edition of the Standards out the door.
One of the interesting things that will
be included in the Standards book is a listing of all the people who have contributed their time, expertise, and dollars to the project. Also, each treatment standard will include its author's name and the names of any who have contributed to that standard. The main reason for including this is because we have a strong "credit where credit is due" guideline. A minor benefit is that readers of the Standards will be able to see who knows about the standards in the fundamental way of having contributed to them.