As an owner of a construction business, it can be easy to blend in with your competitors. If you want to increase your sales and grow as a company, you'll want to make a few changes in 2020. Now that it is a new year, it is time to make your construction business stand out.
- Embrace the Use of Sustainable Materials
Consider using more sustainable materials, recycled products, and resources in each construction project. Sustainable materials are optimal as more and more companies are looking for ways to be environmentally friendly and use readily available resources.
Sustainable materials are made from recycled products and resources that can be replenished in a short amount of time. Often referred to as green building products, lumber, stone, metal, and paper can all be recycled and reused as building products. Some other options include:
- Bamboo: Is a fast-growing plant that can be used frequently in sustainable buildings. Since it replenishes quickly, this versatile material is mostly used as flooring or to reinforce concrete.
- Cork: Harvesting cork only requires the removal of bark from the tree and does not need the whole tree to be cut down and often used as flooring in buildings.
- Reclaimed lumber: Is taken from old structures, treated, resized, and used on other projects. It helps to preserves timber and saves energy because fewer resources are used to harvest, treat, and transport new lumber.
Additional innovations in sustainable construction materials include homes made of bales of straw, structures constructed entirely of rubber tires, and buildings that are built with the use of glass bottles or cans.
- Invest in Estimating Software for Contractors
Investing in cost estimating software allows you to use a collection of programs, processes, and information to calculate the total cost of a construction project. You'll be capable of planning projects faster and can plan your budget with accurate construction costs to avoid losing money.
Using basic estimating software for contractors can allow you to add quickly, edit, and share your price proposals. It's also necessary to follow price trends and set alerts when something changes, receive automatic quarterly cost updates, and access cloud-based estimating software 24/7 on desktop or mobile devices.
- Implement the Use of Augmented Reality
Augmented reality provides a live, copied view of real-world development. It involves placing a 3D model of a proposed design onto a specific site by using both mobile devices and 3D models. It also offers a view of what the world and work would realistically look like during the construction process.
For both builders and developers, wearable technology and 360-degree video offers automated measuring of buildings, safety training and hazard simulations, and fast and affordable simulation of architectural and structural changes. It also allows clients to see what the final construction project will look like once it's completed.
- Take Advantage of Green Technology
Green technology is useful because it reduces your carbon footprint and protects the occupant’s health in your constructed buildings. Using recycled materials is essential because the products have a long lifespan, don't warp or burn, are water and pest-resistant, and don't require frequent replacement.
Reclaimed wood can also be used on structural framing, flooring, cabinetry, and siding throughout the building. You'll need to get your LEED certification, which is a voluntary national certification process that helps industry experts develop high-performance, sustainable residential and commercial buildings.
Green technology is effective in reducing waste, pollution, and environmental degradation to ensure you make less of an impact as a local company. It's also the expected standard by homebuyers, renters, and commercial tenants, which can allow you to attract more clients in the future.
When you follow these tips and implement them into your construction business, you can ensure that your company will stand out in 2020. It will allow you to have more edge and attract more customers to ensure your business continues to grow in the coming year.