How to Save on Labor and Costs With Updated Processes and Materials

In today’s con­struc­tion indus­try, the abil­i­ty to con­trol the cost of labor and mate­ri­als is often the main indi­ca­tor of a suc­cess­ful and prof­itable project. Accord­ing to Dr. Issi Romen, Chief Econ­o­mist at Build­Zoom, labor and mate­r­i­al costs are the biggest rea­sons why we’ve seen such a sharp increase in con­struc­tion costs since the mid-2000s.

So how do you curb these costs when build­ing own­ers often want to spend the least amount of mon­ey pos­si­ble, but still expect the high­est qual­i­ty con­struc­tion? Let’s explore a few dif­fer­ent ways to man­age labor costs and select con­struc­tion mate­ri­als that will be most prof­itable for both you and the build­ing own­er.

1. Save on Material Costs With ICBs

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While the pre-engi­neered met­al build­ing (PEMB) has long been a pop­u­lar choice for the indus­tri­al sec­tor, new require­ments for insu­la­tion, exte­ri­or fin­ish and oth­er build­ing aes­thet­ics have raised the over­all con­struc­tion cost of PEM­Bs, mak­ing them less cost-effec­tive than they used to be.

Instead, try a proven and cost-effec­tive replace­ment for PEM­Bs: insu­lat­ed con­crete blocks (ICB). High-per­for­mance ICBs, like those found in the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, have many advan­tages over oth­er fram­ing con­struc­tion types, as the Bau­tex Block replaces sheath­ing, cav­i­ty insu­la­tion and exte­ri­or insu­la­tion with no addi­tion­al steps or mate­ri­als. Oth­er advan­tages include:

  • Design Flexibility: Even the most com­plex designs are sim­ple to con­struct, and ICBs can be eas­i­ly mod­i­fied on site using con­ven­tion­al tools.
  • Sustainability: ICBs require few­er build­ing mate­ri­als for your project and reduce the building’s lev­el of ener­gy con­sump­tion.
  • Durable Materials: ICBs can be spec­i­fied for projects that require fire endurance rat­ings as high as four hours. They are also a list­ed fire-rat­ed assem­bly.
  • Disaster-Resilient: Wall sys­tems made with ICBs are extreme­ly weath­er resis­tant and meet insur­ance require­ments for build­ings locat­ed in hur­ri­cane and tor­na­do-prone areas of the Unit­ed States.

By using an ICB instead of a met­al frame, you’ll save on labor and mate­r­i­al costs, while also com­plet­ing the fram­ing por­tion of your project faster.

2. Reduce Job Complexity Through Scope and Materials

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Com­mer­cial build­ings are com­plex projects, requir­ing a mul­ti­tude of mate­ri­als and peo­ple to com­plete the job suc­cess­ful­ly. Instead of rely­ing on mul­ti­ple trades and mul­ti­ple steps required with con­ven­tion­al wall assem­blies, choose a mate­r­i­al that makes the fram­ing process quick and easy though reduced scope and mate­ri­als.

Prod­ucts like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem makes for a more cost-effec­tive process. Because the sys­tem only requires one trade to build the frame, con­trac­tors can reduce coor­di­na­tion chal­lenges between mul­ti­ple trades and the chance for cost­ly delays.

The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem only takes four steps to install and dras­ti­cal­ly reduces the num­ber of mate­ri­als need­ed to four:

  1. Bau­tex Blocks, com­pos­ite con­crete insu­lat­ing forms (ICB) that are the enclo­sure and insu­la­tor for the build­ing.
  2. Rebar, which is placed eas­i­ly into the forms.
  3. Con­crete to pour into the Blocks as you reach a floor, roof or planned height.
  4. An Air and Mois­ture Bar­ri­er applied direct­ly on the blocks.

With a sys­tem like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, you don’t need any spe­cial tools or skills. Plus, Bau­tex has spe­cial­ist sup­port team specif­i­cal­ly for con­trac­tors that can help answer any ques­tions you might have or a quick, 3 – 4 hour train­ing pro­gram if you want a more on-hands learn­ing approach.

3. Decrease Waste With Streamlined Processes

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Are your build­ing and mate­r­i­al selec­tion process­es as stream­lined as they can be? Some­times all it takes is a thor­ough analy­sis of your process­es and tech­niques to dis­cov­er easy ways to save on costs that can be quick­ly ini­ti­at­ed. Below are three ques­tions to ask your­self when think­ing about your projects:

  1. Are you using easy-to-install products? Using these types of prod­ucts do more than just speed up con­struc­tion times. Their easy instal­la­tion process helps reduce the chance for human error.
  2. Are the products you’re using efficient? It’s hard to beat a sin­gle prod­uct that can do the work of many, like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem we’ve men­tioned through­out this piece. This is one of the quick­est ways to reduce time and mate­ri­als.
  3. Are you using the least number of products possible? Using few­er prod­ucts means you will have few­er steps in the over­all process. This means less down­time for your crew, plus you save mon­ey on esti­mates, mate­ri­als sourc­ing and labor.

All three of these ques­tions can be answered Yes” by choos­ing the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem. Bau­tex Blocks are easy to use, speed­ing up your con­struc­tion time. The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem is effi­cient, sav­ing you on labor costs. It also reduces the num­ber of prod­ucts and process­es need­ed, sav­ing you mon­ey on mate­ri­als and labor.

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Today’s con­trac­tors face increased con­struc­tion and labor costs, putting a strain on your bot­tom line. By choos­ing a prod­uct such as the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, you can save your­self time and mon­ey, solv­ing both labor short­age issues and mate­r­i­al cost increas­es.

Talk to a Bau­tex rep­re­sen­ta­tive today to see how the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem can help you save time and mon­ey on your next project.