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It’s almost 2015, and businesses and consumers are utilizing the new cloud technology more and more every day. iPads and tablets are becoming ever more preset on the job site. Design plans and code databases can be quickly accessed from virtually anywhere without hassle. Cloud computing and paperless processing are cost saving tools you may want to look into for your company.  blog 2

MADCAD (www.madcad.com) is a database of code books. The platform has over 50,000 building codes and standards. Their library also includes state specific codes and local amendments. You can have access to the resources on the job via tablet or computer. Paid subscriptions to MADCAD include ASCE, NFPA, OSHA, HUD, and FEMA. MADCAD is continuously updates the books, and, since they are accessed through the cloud, they don’t require a download.

Bluebeam, (www.bluebeam.com) is a PDF markup/editing/sharing cloud service. You can make notes and changes to your documents using a computer or tablet. Many building contractors are discovering paperless processing leads to cost savings and quicker project completion times. Bluebeam allows you to add customizable markups on site and with people across the world in real time.

Explore or look into your cloud presence in 2015, there’s loads of services and applications that could help your company complete projects and do business better.

blog 3Know which Codes your state is currently using. Updates as of September 2014. The Following States have adopted the 2012 International Codes Effective Statewide:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Oregon
  • Rhode lsland
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

The tests for the licenses may still be on the 2009 edition. It is best to check with your testing agency to assure you have the correct testing references.

Last year most of us were hit with unusually cold weather now is the time for customers to get their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems ready for cold weather. Heating units require routine maintenance to keep them running effectively and efficiently.image

Routine maintenance of a furnace will assure it runs smoothly throughout the winter months. No one wants their system to break down in the dead of winter therefore, checkups on the heat exchanger will make the system more trustworthy and build confidence with your customers. A new heating unit is a costly expense when it can be prevented. As a contractor you want to make sure your license is up to date and you have successfully completed any continuing education you may need to assure you are ready to provide quality service to your customers. We provide education in many states and in most cases we will notify the state for you once you have completed your continuing education; clink here to see what is available in your state: http://www.contractor-licensing.com/state-license.html and be ready before winter hits to provide the best service to your customers.

Despite the recession, the construction industry is still a promising sector. New construction is a leading indicator of how well the economy is recovering. The United States economy is projected to grow at 1.4% annual rate for the last quarter of 2014.image

In September, for the first time in years, builder confidence is to 2005 levels nationally. Building contractors have a reason to be optimistic; the economic recovery from the recession is just beginning.

In 2013, home buyers enjoyed lower interest rates, and undervalued homes. Prices will continue to rise in 2014, but at a slower, steadier pace. The housing market will not burst, nor is it expected to re-tank. Existing homes will continue to be affordable, but, and below their 2006 peak market prices. Home prices are still 5% undervalued nationally.

New construction in the United States is also playing catch up. According to population growth, the total demand for new housing units is 900,000. New construction today is too light, partly due to lake of skilled labor, and partly because developers are still

Below are the top 5 jobs in the construction industry (based on growth volume, growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, and job satisfaction) according to the US News.
1. Construction Manager
2. Cost Estimator
3. Glazier
4. Plumber
5. Structural Iron and Steelworker.

So what can contractors look forward to in 2015? Obviously, more sustainable construction practices will be implemented. Reduced site disturbances, low energy lighting, as well and improvements in water, air and energy efficiency.

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