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Request for Information (RFI)
Construction glossary

What is a Request for Information (RFI)?

A Request for Information (RFI) in the construction industry is a formal process through which a party involved in a construction project request details about a document or a process. It acts as a vital communication tool between multiple project parties such as the general contractor, subcontractor, and the design team. This is generally used to resolve information gaps, make decisions or track project changes. The main purpose of an RFI in construction is to eliminate any ambiguity, introduce a control mechanism, avoid unrealistic project expectations and ensure that all participants have a clear understanding of the project. It assists in minimizing project risks and avoids potential disputes related to design issues, cost overruns or schedule delays. It's an essential element in maintaining transparency, effective communication and collaboration within a construction project.