Specification or cost: Which is most important?

I understand that things had to change, and the introduction of the Bribery Act in 2010 has been a good thing for our industry. But I wonder if the pendulum has swung too far the other way.

Specifications are there for good reason. In the case of commercial flue and chimney systems, for instance, they are supposed to be identified in line with present British and EU standards and must be CE marked.

Sadly, cost has become king – even at the expense of specifications. In our industry, we have experienced situations where a CE marked system was identified for a project but we knew that the winning bid for the new system to be installed was not fully compliant.