Is contractual privity required for an owner to sue a builder for defective workmanship?

Construction defect lawsuits often involve claims against multiple defendants since the typical construction project involves work performed for the owner by a general contractor who in turn hires multiple subcontractors to perform the work.  But what happens when the original owner

Owners often require general contractors they hire to perform construction services to agree to waive their rights to recover delay damages.  General contractors in turn require their subcontractors to agree to the same.  When a contractor’s work is significantly delayed by others, this can result in catastrophic financial losses to the contractor.

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