How to Use a Thermal Camera with a Blower Door Test

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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OSHA’s New Enforcement Policies for Coronavirus

As construction projects reopen across the country, OSHA is revising its standards to include guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The revised guidelines were put in place to ensure construction companies institute the proper procedures to protect employees and customers. OSHA will be increasing the number of in-person inspections to workplaces of all kinds …

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How to Help your Job Stay on Budget

The construction industry is notorious for going over budget and not delivering on time. While there are many legitimate reasons for that, it doesn’t make for happy customers. Here’s how to stay on budget without eating into your own profit margins. Keeping records of your running costs is the best way to ensure that you …

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WiFi Connectivity in New Builds on the Rise

If you are wondering how to build homes with greater appeal to buyers, installing tech is the way to go. A recent survey found 35% of construction companies building single-family homes provided the infrastructure required for a “smart home”. One way to do this is with the installation of a home WiFi network. According to …

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How Mentoring Can Help Improve your Employees

With the labor shortage limiting the size of building crews, construction managers are becoming more inventive and using technology to bridge the gap. One under-utilized tool in every manager’s toolbelt is mentoring. More than half of fortune 500 companies have a mentoring program to help develop talent because it works and it could work for …

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4 Mistakes for Small Contractors to Avoid

When you’re the owner or manager of a small contracting company, you have to wear all the hats! Ordering supplies, writing quotes, managing your team and ensuring your jobs come in on time and under budget. It’s a lot to handle and you can be forgiven for not putting your marketing efforts at the top …

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Labor Still the Number One Challenge for Builders

The December survey of the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index found that 87% of construction professionals site labor shortages and increased costs as their number one concern moving into 2020. Looking back, only 13% of construction professionals thought labor shortages would be a problem in 2011. That number jumped significantly in 2014 when it reached …

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