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5 Changes in Residential Construction in 2015

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Residential Construction 2015

While there are ebbs and flows within our industry as to the type of construction being done, one constant is residential constructions. It's true that there are busier periods than others with this type of work, but there is always going to be some demand for new residences. That said, there have definitely been changes regarding residential construction in the last decade, affecting both the type of dwellings being constructed, and the methods being used to do so. Some of these residential construction industry changes have been in the works for a while, but as they become more and more industry standards, you might just now becoming aware of them. So what are some changes to residential construction that you might be spotting in 2015?

5. Quicker Project Turn Around Times, Courtesy Of AppsYes, computer software has very quickly revolutionized and improved our traditionally low-tech industry. Raken is a good example of how. Its daily reporting software allows project managers and supervisors to complete professional looking reports from any location. What's more, cloud technology allows others to review, add to, and pass along reports in real time, avoiding delays. Raken's home construction software can also be used to pass along updates and safety warnings to multiple parties about site work. This cuts down on literal and figurative gridlock. And Raken allows files to be stored for up to ten years, creating a "paper trail" that's easy to file, find, and follow. This results in a reduction of both cost and time on the administrative end of projects. With this residential construction software, projects can therefore be completed more quickly, allowing for more to be bid on and completed.

4. Increase In Number Of Residential ProjectsIn a construction field that sees a lot of "bouncing", data is showing a steady and increasing number of residential projects scheduled for 2015. While the trend is towards multi-resident units and hotels, numbers for private residences are up 3.1 percent over 2014 ones, another encouraging industry sign.

3. Better Educated ContractorsIn many states, contractors cannot legally work unless they are licensed. While the requirements vary from state to state, certain types of educational training and certification are mandatory. Many firms are now also looking for job candidates with college degrees in sustainable building and construction management, among other majors. This results not only in better trained workers, but increased customer trust and satisfaction.

2. Better Educated CustomersIn what is still a buyer's market, clients are now savvier about not only new technologies and practices used by builders, but standards and codes that they should be adhering to. Contractors should plan on spending more time with these newly involved employers than in the past.

1. Multi-Tasking ResidencesWindows that heat an entire building! Waste water that irrigates an entire property! As these and other innovations become both better in quality and cheaper to incorporate into designs, more clients are requesting them. As a result, 2015 could also be the year when contractors find themselves hiring more and more non traditional employees, like landscape design engineers.

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