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
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
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:
- Bautex Blocks, composite concrete insulating forms (ICB) that are the enclosure and insulator for the building.
- Rebar, which is placed easily into the forms.
- Concrete to pour into the Blocks as you reach a floor, roof or planned height.
- 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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.