Are the signs looking better for a recovery?
Recent slowing of commercial construction amongst residential, banks and financial firms has led to fewer quality projects. Companies and institutions, that enjoyed the good times of the early millennium, expanded their operations. Growth in workforce numbers led to more need for space, but their lack of growth now, and perhaps for some time, contributes to the continued decline of the commercial construction sector. Quiet for the last five years, the economy and construction sector may see new investment as a falling dollar makes investing in North America, attractive to foreign firms, particularly European. If the dollar is likely permanent, and oil prices may only fall back to $80 to $90 per barrel, this may contribute to more sustained growth through the next 5 years.
Latest statistics show a possible levelling off in the sector decline: http://www.agc.org/cs/industry_topics/construction_economics – let’s keep our fingers crossed, and monitor the sector position over the coming months.
During the leaner times all constructors need to watch their costs and focus more internally, and this has been the case for the past few years during the tough economic conditions.
Commercial and residential building sectors cover increasingly complex processes of construction administration: legal requirements creep upwards, operations of design through build change to incorporate new techniques. Strong construction administration is therefore essential for good management to bring projects to completion safely, on time and within budget.
Construction management covers key topic areas including: cost estimating with project financing; construction techniques; human resource management and material resources; construction law and regulations; conflict resolution and legal matters; environmental safety, green and conservation issues.
Operations management of construction work is best automated: financial accounting systems provide the best automation to handle the administration more easily: providers include Sage, Coins, and Integrity Software for construction software. Being on top of the admin allows for focus on the front line construction work at hand, and keeping customers happy.
Operations skills require their own special skills, and expertise is something that the leaner ‘down time’ of poorer economic conditions might allow more training to improve. Use the time wisely before the order book becomes full again: hopefully.
If you’re looking for new windows as part of your home improvement there are a number of options that might fit your home, your plans, and your budget.
Manually operated tilt / turn windows are the usual answer for easy to maintain and clean windows that will add style to a home, and bring the light into your rooms. Double glazed windows mean extra strength and efficiency – a green option.
uPVC casement windows are very durable and built to last. The investment upfront means you gets years worth of value as they stay looking new – with minimal, if any, maintenance.
Or if you’re after traditional style and a classic touch for your home then sash windows can be the answer – fitting the period character you want for your home, but modern with their low maintenance and tough durable design.
All modern windows are designed for efficiency – and lower bills – but make sure you check the eco therm rating for each design : judging how ‘green it is’ will save you money in the long run once you taken all on-going bills and home running costs into account.
When selecting a fitter or supplier of home improvement products, including doors and windows, first check the range of double glazed products they stock – and the number of styles – choose a large established provider for peace of mind.
Trustworthy sellers will customise your home improvement plans to ensure the smallest details are considered, and the correct products are selected and sourced for your project. They should help you compare the options, suggesting the products that best match your own requirements – don’t just choose the highest specification to match your home. Take the time to find the appropriate fittings for your needs and your budget.
The good sellers will offer to send an expert surveyor to your house to measure up the door and window requirements, and usually send you a formal quote within 2 days. Too fast and it might not be well thought through – too slow and you might get an early taste of their fitting ability. Good luck!