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Minimizing Building Energy Usage

There are two main areas of consideration when optimizing a commercial building for energy efficiency. The design and building envelope construction specifications related to the building’s orientation on the site and the energy efficiency of the mechanical systems, lighting, and appliances that are selected to be contained within the building envelope.

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Zero Energy Buildings

To qualify as a zero energy building, the annual energy delivered to the building must be equal to or less than the on-site annual renewable energy exported from the building. While there must be a renewable energy generation component, the building envelope must be constructed to achieve near zero energy consumption.

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Why Experience Modifier Ratings Matter

Experience Modifier Ratings or EMRs matter because they are a direct indicator of the safety records of prospective construction project bidders. And EMR ratings can have an impact on the costs of projects and the potential for that vendor to complete your project without on-the-job injuries.

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Honesty + Quality + Safety = Trust

By focusing on three of our most important core values as we interact with customers and with each other, our customer’s best interests will always be our highest priority. And when customers feel that their best interests are the highest priority, the foundation of a trusting relationship is being laid vs. a transaction being made.

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Out-of-the-Box Thinking

Faced with the very real possibility of substantial price increases and shipping delays on the construction materials required over the extended duration of a recent project, we secured a warehouse and were able to receive and store all of the materials for the entire job—preserving our margins and completing the project on time.

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The Importance of a Proper Estimate

Many problems can be overcome by good project managers and superintendents. However, nothing can overcome a poor estimate. Thorough, accurate, and detailed estimates/take-offs are a must, and because no workday or project goes flawlessly, certain assumptions and contingencies must be “built-in” to every take-off.

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Knowing When To Say “Yes”

The ultimate success of any organization relies primarily on management’s ability to determine when to say “yes” and more importantly when to say “no”. And every good manager knows that they must have the proper information in order to make that judgment.

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Selecting a Roof System in Uncertain Times

The shortage of just one roof system component can set off a chain reaction of shortages and price spikes of other products that can be utilized in place of a typical component that becomes scarce.

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Watch Out For Low Bid Outliers

Remember the old adage: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Keep this in mind as you evaluate bids for upcoming commercial roof replacement projects. If you have 3 or 4 bids and one is significantly less, do some extra due diligence to make sure that bid is not “too good to be true”.

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Collect Your Money When It’s Due

Maintaining healthy levels of cash is key to the viability of any contractor. This is especially true during these times of material shortages and long-lead deliveries resulting from supply chain problems.

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