Facts You Need to know About the Role of Construction Contractors in Operating Sustainable Green Buildings

A high-rise building with a green facade
Contractors play a pivotal role in defining and operating sustainable certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings. The contractor’s role in this process starts from the beginning by planning for every measure to match the required LEED standards which are totally different from those of typical projects. The LEED rating assigns several credits to the general contractor in some environmental aspects such as sustainable sites, materials, resources, safety, and indoor environmental quality. To reach the required steps of this certification the general contractor doesn’t only need to use eco-friendly material but also, he needs to operate a job site that has a minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
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The Era of Construction & Remodeling Estimating Software

Spreadsheets, pen and calculator used for Construction & Remodeling Estimating

It was not so long ago that estimations and cost calculations for material and works on the construction site were made manually. Especially when it is a matter of obtaining a partial performance in a project from a construction company, calculations must be coherent so that they can be compared with each other and the suitable company awarded the contract. However, just as the term preliminary costing suggests, such invoices are assumptions that serve only to describe a defect-free and optimal workflow.

Software vendors facilitate and accelerate such processes. Microsoft Excel, for example, is the absolute pioneer when it comes to spreadsheets. Today, however, more and more companies are advertising smartphone applications that transfer the same benefits to your tablet or mobile phone and thus guarantee mobility at work, but also cost and time savings.

We would like to show you as project participants that it takes more than a spreadsheet to implement cost estimates or cost calculations without having to answer for additional costs due to faulty work or defects.

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Construction field app connecting people

Two construction workers with one smartphone

What efforts have we made to optimize communication between project participants in the construction industry, to accelerate processes and to support all planners involved? The trend towards digitization has now slowly arrived, one can say, also in the construction industry. Applications for architects, engineers, specialist planners, facility managers, and project managers are gratefully accepted and are already increasingly contributing to productivity in the construction and planning process.

Have we not, however, overlooked a crucial point at this point? What about the actual manpower? The greatest capital of any company is its employees. PlanRadar has thought about how to not only network leading positions, but also to integrate the other links in the chain. What does it take and what does this bring us in practice?

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Are construction programs the best way to qualify future employees?

Three generations of construction workers on site

The construction industry is facing a problem that could not be bigger. The success of a company, especially when it comes to building an object, depends above all on the people who work on it.

Training programs are dime a dozen. Universities are breeding the next generation of managers without covering the actual demand. A growing industry needs not only a leading edge but, most importantly, strong hands and manpower to move businesses forward.

Construction companies need workers, but what if no qualified employees can be found?

We will explain to you:

  1. Why construction programs are not able to meet the demand for workers in the construction industry,
  2. What potential trainees really have,
  3. Why this potential is not being exploited, and
  4. Why this means you must put a stop to the current development.
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What is Construction Management & Why do we need it?

A Construction Manager
Project management’s main goal is to maximize the probability of producing a successful project on all dimensions. However, the ratio of project failure is increasing every year. The only way to escape the trap of failure is to follow an innovative strategy throughout the planning and construction process. All that you need is to find the best fit technological solution in the market that will assist you in your work. Unfortunately, there are some challenges facing the software surge that happened lately which hampers the construction companies. The first and main challenge for these firms is not being open enough to the technological market to be able to pick the software they need. It was found in 2015 global construction project owner’s Survey that was made on 100 construction firms that only 50% of them are using project management information systems.
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Construction project management software – Creating a level playing field through interdisciplinarity

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Digitization continues to pick up speed. It can be assumed that the introduction of CAD, BIM, etc. has given a decisive boost in this direction. But have you automatically lost to the big companies that have their own IT departments? Luckily that is not the case anymore! Find out here how PlanRadar can lift your company’s performance to a higher level through interdisciplinarity!
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What does a construction manager do in his daily working tasks?

Construction Manager working on Smartphone with PlanRadar
Construction managers are the team leaders in any project. They act as the working watchman for any detail starting from the small fixations to the large structure work. Moreover, their job includes checking for any safety hazards and ensuring that every step of the project is properly planned. That’s why the construction manager employment is projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026 and that is faster than most of the construction jobs according to Bureau labor of statistics.
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Construction Risk Management – Warning signs of failure

A collapsing Jenga Tower
The construction industry is one of the important economic industries worldwide and a driving factor in the global economy. It is expected that this sector will evolve even more rapidly in the near future. Corresponding process adjustments in construction risk management are therefore inevitable. The construction industry will have to react quickly to the changing IT requirements if it wants to stay competitive with the other big industries. In the following article, we will show you how PlanRadar helps you keep pace with the changing industry.
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4 Questions you must answer before choosing your building software

Construction supervisor using building software

Achieving success in a construction project depends on several factors such as the size of the project, commitment to the time plan, budget and client’s satisfaction. It is difficult to fulfill all parties’ needs in a complex process like this, but modern technology is putting all its effort to solve this obstacle by offering newly developed construction operating systems. Now many software solutions can track budget, schedule and even remotely monitor the labor workflow on site. The question left is which one of the multitude of software solutions is right for you? Furthermore, how to use it effectively?

Start by answering the upcoming questions orderly and you will get the answer yourself:

  1. What are the reasons for purchasing this software? Is it to save costs or time or to make processes more manageable?
  2. How simple is the software to use by the project management team?
  3. Who will handle running this software? And who will have access to all the data saved on its server?
  4. How much is the initial cost of buying the software? And how much this software will save you in turn?
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