Construction sites can be a massive source of pollutants and toxins that may leave public water sources vulnerable to pollution if not properly managed.
As a result, the EPA requires many construction sites to implement proper BMPs, such as developing a stormwater management plan and controls at discharge points to regulate the discharge of pollutant materials from a work site.
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Quality Assurance (QA) is an essential aspect of any construction planning process.
While most construction managers are familiar with quality control (QC), quality assurance is the active management and implementation of best practices throughout the construction process to ensure that projects meet their expected budget and schedule.
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One way that many countries are attempting to spur the development of energy efficiency technologies is through tax credits and rebate programs.
While many programs, such as energy benchmarking and energy efficiency mortgages, have been around for a while, the Inflation Reduction Act has made energy efficiency a central part of its green initiative.
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According to research from the Get it Right Initiative (GIRI), anywhere from 10-25% of construction costs are caused by errors.
The initiative suggested that most of these errors are formed in the planning phase and outlined new management processes and oversight as a solution to many of these problems.
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As energy prices rise globally, the push for energy efficiency and conservation has never been greater.
A major push by utility companies and the government is leading this trend to provide rebates and cash incentives for Energy Star equipment and retrofits that help conserve energy.
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According to estimates from the EPA, American households dispose of 193 million gallons of used oil every year, which is greater than the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident that spilled 134 million gallons in the Gulf of Mexico—the equivalent of more than 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
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Even industries like construction and hands-on trades tend to evolve faster than we realize.
New materials, equipment, regulations, and safety procedures mean construction crews and contractors regularly need to educate their staff on the latest best practices to keep work zones safe and efficient.
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Overhead costs or the General Conditions expense is the most important variable impacting the profit margin of any construction process.
While inspections and consultations can be another overhead expense eating away at your profit margin, most builders can benefit significantly from the added oversight.
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Programs like energy efficiency mortgages and energy benchmarking have created the need for builders to pursue new technology to meet their energy goals.
Rheia’s patented air distribution system promises to revolutionize the HVAC space by offering substantial savings to builders, contractors, and homeowners.
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Over 2.2 million jobs in the US are attributed to the energy-efficiency industry, outpacing jobs in oil and gas by up to ten times.
While renewables are certainly at the forefront of the energy efficiency movement, other industries extending from industrial manufacturing to residential/commercial construction are being transformed by the energy-efficiency trend.
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