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Performance Obligation
Construction glossary

What is a Performance Obligation?

A Performance Obligation in the construction industry refers to a commitment or liability that a contracting party has to perform and fulfill, according to the terms stipulated in a contract. It includes the delivery of services or completed work components. For example, if a construction company has a contract to build a commercial complex, their performance obligation could involve the construction of the entire complex or individual stages of the contract, such as erecting the structure, installing heating systems, laying down the flooring, among others. Each of these components may have their own deadlines and quality standards. Thus, not fulfilling these obligations could result in penalties or legal consequences. Therefore, recognizing and managing performance obligations is crucial in construction project management.