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Things to Do Before Going on Vacation

Things to Do Before Going on Vacation
Most of the world sets goals and makes resolutions all the time, however, very few percents of people actually stick to those resolutions. While it’s entirely possible that many people are being unrealistic with their goals, the number one thing you need to do before going on a v [...]

The Real Difference Between a Personal and Business Credit Card

The Real Difference Between a Personal and Business Credit Card
If you’re a business owner, there are dozens of reasons to have a credit card. For one thing, they are a great way to keep track of all your business expenses in one place. They also offer opportunities to earn points or rewards on purchases you would make anyway. Not to mention, [...]

Top considerations for negotiating construction contracts

Top considerations for negotiating construction contracts
Contracts in the construction context serve multiple purposes. Foremost are establishing the parameters of the parties’ agreement, allocating and mitigating risk and avoiding disputes. The discussion below covers some of the more important provisions that owners, developers, designers, and [...]

Why compliance matters in recruiting

Why compliance matters in recruiting
Recruiting compliance is often seen as an ambiguous list of requirements that make employers’ lives harder, but this doesn’t have to be the case. With the correct processes in place, compliance can be a key component of successful recruiting. The Same Process for Everyone [...]

Analytics Maintenance - The Future is Here

Analytics Maintenance - The Future is Here
When it comes to HVAC maintenance offered and provided by service contractors across the country, things have not materially changed with it since it was first introduced by Honeywell in the 1950s. Even with today’s ever increasing competition, falling maintenance prices, and extreme [...]

HVAC Fun & Profit with the Internet of Things

HVAC Fun & Profit with the Internet of Things
What do the Nest Thermostat, Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts, and Fitbit Motion Trackers have in common? Here’s a hint: it has to do with the Internet of Things. All three companies managed to take saturated commodity markets and release products with obscene profit margins. Therefore th [...]

We Need Great HVAC Salespeople, Too!

We Need Great HVAC Salespeople, Too!
Salespeople in the commercial HVAC industry serve a compound function: they must articulate complex technological information, yet fuse this with a knack for sales-oriented interpersonal skills. Many consider this discipline to require finesse and aptitude; but more importantly, this requires st [...]

More Than One Delta

More Than One Delta
"Delta T." is a common term used by HVAC techs, meaning temperature difference. If the temperature in a supply duct is 100F degrees and the temperature in the attic around the duct is 60F; subtract 60F from a 100F to find a Delta T of 40F. Let’s take a look at some other “deltas [...]

When HVAC Franchising is the Answer

When HVAC Franchising is the Answer
Many existing HVAC and plumbing business owners feel that their businesses can do better. They’re working hard, but aren’t satisfied with their current lifestyle. They seek something bigger and are curious about what franchising has to offer. The decision to convert an exis [...]

Upticks ahead for school, office, recreation and manufacturing sectors

Upticks ahead for school, office, recreation and manufacturing sectors
Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics, said in November that "Construction firms should anticipate a sense of deceleration heading into 2018, but the industry still has room to grow this year as some sectors show continued expansion in terms of starts and spending". Getti [...]

How to mitigate the construction industry's effects on climate change

How to mitigate the construction industry's effects on climate change
It’s time the industry takes a look at its own CO2 contributions and take steps to cut emissions and embodied carbon. 40% of CO2 emissions in 2010 were caused by the building sector, through greenfield development, cement production and the burning of fossil fuels—that’s more t [...]

2018 Canadian Construction Outlook

2018 Canadian Construction Outlook
In the fall, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz characterized the country’s economy as having its head in the oven and feet in the freezer. For the construction industry specifically, total permit values are expected to fall 4 percent in 2018 after rising 1 percent in both 2016 and 2017 [...]

The important role contractors play in achieving sustainable outcomes for infrastructure projects

The important role contractors play in achieving sustainable outcomes for infrastructure projects
Influencing the sustainable outcomes of infrastructure projects is an important role played by contractors. One tool in their belt is Envision, a planning and design framework launched in 2012 by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). For example, the industry [...]

High Tech solutions for the education sectors deferred maintenance problem

High Tech solutions for the education sectors deferred maintenance problem
U.S. college campuses build in the 1960's and 1970's are showing their age, and not in a good way. Cracking brickwork, old pipes and leaky roofs—not to mention outdated building systems—are just some of the symptoms plaguing campuses of all sizes across the country. Postponing repair [...]

Major infrastructure investments needed as global urban populations increase

Major infrastructure investments needed as global urban populations increase
In the next 10 years, 70 percent of the worlds population will live in cities, due to urbinization, 21st century’s most transformative trend. This reality places them at the forefront of sustainable development and facing global challenges, including climate change. The world&rsqu [...]

ABC Chief Economist predicts stable 2018 Economy

ABC Chief Economist predicts stable 2018 Economy
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicts stability for the construction industry’s economy and expanding nonresidential construction spending in 2018. “With wage pressures building, healthcare costs surging and fuel prices edging higher, inflati [...]

A Blueprint for constructing communities

A Blueprint for constructing communities
The Callahans brought their five sons into the business as it grew, beginning a tradition of service that continues to this day. “At Callahan, we believe that in order to work successfully in a community, we must first become a true partner,” says President Patrick Callahan. [...]

Understanding bonding capacity in a soft market

Understanding bonding capacity in a soft market
There is unprecedented competition among bond companies largely driven by their agents, who work on a commission-basis. The express bond programs have been a huge game-changer, empowering small contractors to grow their businesses much faster than ever before. A major benefit of any expres [...]

How to make the most of aftermarket revenue opportunities

How to make the most of aftermarket revenue opportunities
Following are some functional capabilities trade contractors need from their field service management software in order to make the most of aftermarket revenue opportunities. Preventive maintenance also should be considered, as contracts can mandate maintenance at specific intervals, such a [...]

Protecting all assets in construction industry with proper coverage options

Protecting all assets in construction industry with proper coverage options
Lengthy paperwork and processing time in many cases mean lost productivity and profit. Not having the right coverage to match specific business needs exposes the organization to additional risk. A good option for small- to mid-size businesses, including contractors, is a business owner&rsqu [...]