Plenum Truss: Get Your Ducting into a Conditioned Space

Placing notoriously leaky HVAC ductwork into an unconditioned space will not make for an energy efficient heating or cooling system.There are a few options which locate the ductwork within the thermal enclosure of the home. Options include moving the ceiling plane to the underside of the roof with an unvented attic or placing the ductwork in a conditioned basement. A third option is the installation of plenum trusses which allow for a compact ducting system to be placed in a conditioned bulkhead.

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Track your Tools Using these Innovative Options

Construction labor shortages mean every minute counts on the jobsite. If you spend too much of your time tracking down tools, you can streamline your business and reduce lost assets by implementing a tool-tracking system. Bar-coded tracking systems These systems allow you to tag your tools with barcode stickers. This means even smaller tools can …

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Marketing to Existing Customers Yields Dividends

A recent study by Unity Marketing found that most businesses focus on acquiring new customers when they could be more profitable if they focused on their existing customers instead. The study found that a 5% improvement in customer retention could boost profitability by 25-85%. Having loyal, satisfied customers is what bolsters your bottom line. So …

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Mastering the Punch List

Getting the job done quickly and efficiently means you can complete your punch list and move on to the next job. Delays can really eat into your profit margins and leave your customers feeling frustrated and unsatisfied. Here are a couple of tips on how you can move through the punch list faster. Invest in …

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Tips to Effective Onsite Communication

A recent survey showed poor communication that results in expensive callbacks costs the construction industry $177B every year. Communication is key—we all know this but busy schedules and time constraints can lead to misunderstandings that cost money. Here are some easy steps to implement to keep communication flowing on your jobsite. Make It A Priority …

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Protect Your Business and Get Paid

As a construction manager, getting the admin done in time can help you to keep your business thriving. Taking time to communicate effectively and get everything in writing will protect you and your client and ensure you get paid on time and in full. Taking time to draw up contracts and alter them as the …

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Outdated Interior Design Rules you can Break

Interior design has inherent rules—paint small rooms light colors and don’t use more than one pattern in the same space. With homeowners taking a more hands-on approach to design (thanks Pinterest!) the guidelines have been somewhat blurred. Here are a few rules that are outdated. If you choose to break them, you can add a …

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Insulation Tips for Drafty Openings

Light switches, light fittings and outlets can be a major source of heat loss in winter and cool air in the summer. A tiny 1/8-inch gap around six ceiling light fixtures adds up to a 2 square-inch hole in your ceiling. Putting gaskets behind switch plates is a good start, but these don’t provide a …

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