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Estimating Complicated and Challenging Projects - Complicated and Challenging Part 1

While putting together project takeoffs provides the material cost for a project estimate, taking the extra time to really understand the specific labor requirements, project supervision requirements, and the physical environment of the project are all factors that require extra time, experience, and often collaboration to be properly estimated.

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After the Storm has Passed

Checking your building’s envelope—roof, exterior walls, doors, and windows—for moisture infiltration from damage as soon as possible after weather events will help to prevent further infiltration and longer-term issues.

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The Importance of Pacing Your Work

Each stage of any large construction project involves many steps. Properly executing the steps within each stage at a safe and deliberate pace and performing them in a specific order is critical to the long-term success of that project. While it certainly takes experience to perform all of the steps in each of these stages properly, the more important factor to understand for building owners is that each of the steps within each stage takes time to perform safely and correctly.

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Why Selective Bidding Pays Off.

Establishing a set of criteria to evaluate construction bidding opportunities will lead to matching the best contractor with the best projects. And this process will lead to the long-term success of the contractor and positive project outcomes for the building owner.

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Who’s Responsible for Roof Leaks?

Roofing material suppliers provide a warranty that will cover roof leaks for several years after a roof has been installed. Keep in mind that the length of roof warranties can usually be negotiated before you sign a contract, but what is most important is that you know how long your roof is covered under warranty and how to contact the roof manufacturer in the event of a leak. However, if the leak has been caused by negligent wear and tear of others accessing the roof, you (the owner) will get the bill for the repair.

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Jobsite Safety–Customer Focused Success Part 4

Safety is the number one factor that will lead to the successful completion of commercial roofing and building envelope maintenance projects. Because our crews have to work in direct proximity to commercial building occupants, our occupied facility jobsite safety plans have to be holistic.

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Proper Estimating–Customer Focused Success Part 1

Proper estimating is key to a successful client experience. In Part One of this Customer Focused Success series, we look at how takeoffs, or the process of determining and then estimating the costs for the materials that are needed for a job, are a critical element of the estimating process. We also provide a few contingency examples to consider as part of the takeoff process as well as alternate material options to consider related to cost and availability.

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Certified Applicator

Smooth the approval process for becoming a certified applicator of the materials specified in projects contractors are bidding on by maintaining a reputation for safety, quality, fairness, and being financially responsible.

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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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