Construction & Development Articles

These Construction & Development articles will give you the news and information you need to stay up to date in the ever changing Construction & Development industry.

January 15, 2013 – 1,562 views
Association of Construction and Development
SIPs or structured insulated panels are high-quality panels used in walls, floors, and roofs for commercial and residential buildings. These panels are produced by putting together a core of strong plastic insulation foam between structural layers of OSB (oriented strand board). However, other materials can also be utilized, like plywood which is pressure-treated for low-grade foundation walls, aluminum, steel, cement board like hardibacker, and exotic materials such as stainless steel, magnesium oxide, and plastic that is fiber-reinforced. SIPs sometimes use fiber cement or sheets of plywood for panels and wheat straw for the core... Full Story 
January 14, 2013 – 1,429 views
Land Deveopment Training
It is an important part of a wind farm project to have legal and binding contracts between the wind energy companies and landowners. The object is to streamline the process of wind development and to move things faster. The landowners are always informed about the contracts and are asked for a signature. These are standard contracts and terms for everyone, which are same and fixed. The provisions for the contracts are negotiable until... Full Story 
January 11, 2013 – 2,931 views
Association of Construction and Development
There is growing evidence that sustainable buildings are providing building operators, owners, and occupants with financial rewards. Such buildings are low on annual costs for water, energy, maintenance, repair, and other expenses. The reduced costs must never be achieved by spending more on the first costs which include the expenses involved in implementing the sustainable ideas. The first costs must always be lower than or the same as that of a traditional building with innovative use and integrated design of sustainable equipment and materials... Full Story 
January 7, 2013 – 2,939 views
Association of Construction and Development
GMP contracting or Guaranteed Maximum Price contracting is a type of contract in which the contractor needs to pay the real costs and a fixed fee which is subjected to the ceiling price. This contract establishes the price for a specific kind of work, which cannot be exceeded. The GMP project team consists of the owner of the project, engineers, architects, contractors, and consultants. It’s necessary for a construction professional to be aware of the details of a GMP contract, as it plays a very important role in all stages of the construction process. Listed below are 5 reasons that explain why you need to learn more about GMP contracting... Full Story 
January 7, 2013 – 2,373 views
Association of Construction and Development
A smart building technology or an intelligent building technology is an integration of communication and control systems, which provide both the occupant and the building professional with a flexible, comfortable, effective, and secure environment. These systems enhance the building environment for the occupants, while controlling the costs. End user security, accessibility, and control can also be improved so as to increase user control levels and work productivity. There are many intelligent building technologies which can be incorporated in building constructions so as to lower the operating cost and improve the occupancy rates. A few such technologies are discussed below... Full Story 
January 2, 2013 – 1,789 views
Land Deveopment Training
Commercial site development is a term that is used to define the development of office, commercial, mixed-use or multifamily, and non-single family residential developments. The projects in commercial site development have to be reviewed to comply with the applicable codes. Approval for all applications is made by the director of community development. There are 3 steps in the site review process... Full Story 
January 2, 2013 – 1,515 views
Association of Construction and Development
A superfund site is a land which is contaminated with toxic and hazardous waste materials. These sites are also placed on the NPL (National Priorities List) that contains the details of polluted sites in the United States, which require immediate clean-up. There are around 1,000 such sites in the US, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). After a site has been declared as superfund, technical data regarding the site is collected. This data helps to characterize the site conditions, assess the level of risk to humans and the environment, and determine the nature of the waste. The technical data that is obtained is validated so as to ensure that the data is of enough... Full Story 
January 2, 2013 – 1,873 views
Association of Construction and Development
It is necessary for contractors who work on federal projects to have a good understanding of Davis-Bacon law. Listed below are 5 reasons which explain why federal contractors need to know about this act. Understanding this particular act will not only ensure that all workers are treated equally, but will also help contractors to retain their contracts... Full Story