Growing Labor Shortages Raise Concerns
Oct 20, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

According to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey, construction labor shortages are even more widespread than they were last year.

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Construction Contracts: Get it in Writing!
Oct 16, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

When you are doing a residential home build or renovation, it is essential to get everything in writing so that you can honor the terms of your warranty and sale without compromising business relationships or profit margins.

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Install your house wrap correctly!
Oct 13, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Housewrap is a great way to reduce air leakage and prevent water from entering the wall system, however care must be taken to ensure it gets installed correctly!

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Wildfire Preparedness: Reducing Risks to Your Home
Oct 10, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Drought has placed many areas at risk of wild fires. Even places that traditionally did not have to concern themselves with possible bush fires are now at risk thanks to changing weather conditions. The International Association of Fire Chiefs have set out a wildfire preparedness guide called Ready, Set, Go which covers emergency preparedness before, during and after a wildfire. Ensuring that you and your family are adequately prepared for wildfires will drastically reduce the likelihood of property damage, injury or death.

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Building Hurricane-Resistant Homes
Sep 29, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

As rebuilding efforts commence in the wake of this summer’s storms, construction professionals seek ways to ensure that homes are safer and built to withstand major wind events. There are several techniques that will help to keep property and lives safe.

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Proper Panel Spacing Can Save Time and Money
Sep 27, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

When structural panels are not spaced properly and moisture conditions change some problems can arise. Best to follow the advice of the Ol’ Sage Builder and space those panels correctly!

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How to Use a Thermal Camera with a Blower Door Test
Sep 25, 2017 | Posted in Articles

As building codes and eco-savvy customers demand more energy efficiency from their homes, it has fallen to the construction professionals to create an effective building envelope. In this task, the blower door test plays a vital role in helping builders to find the gaps in the building envelope and seal them.

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Calculating Base Labor Rates for a Construction Crew
Sep 22, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Framers

Learning to quote effectively is a great way to keep your customers happy and your business in the black. Calculating a base rate can help you to provide more accurate quotes and keep your profit margins healthy.

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Dangers of Confined Spaces for Work Crews
Sep 18, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

While no one likes working in crawl spaces, attics and other confined spaces, it is necessary to do on nearly every building site. Now the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has new rules for safety in confined spaces. While these rules are designed to make the work environment safer, they will usher in major changes to the way construction workers do their jobs.

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Know your Building Science Climate Zone
Sep 15, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Knowing the climate zone your residential build will take place in will influence many of the decisions you will make as to construction methods and building materials. As energy conservation becomes a growing concern, building to your climate zone is an excellent way to ensure that you are providing your clients with the best options. Keep in mind that building and energy codes are the minimum standard.

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How to Get more Woman on your Work Crew
Sep 11, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Framers

With more than 200,000 construction jobs already vacant, encouraging woman to join the workforce will help to fill those positions.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Sustainable Design on your Jobsite
Sep 8, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Framers

Construction professionals with experience may be finding the new home-building landscape challenging. Innovation and sustainability can be achieved with relatively little disruption to the way you build, using those tried and tested methods that you know work.

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