Keep abreast of environmental laws, serious penalties can be given, even if the damage or pollution caused was by complete accident. One can be prepared by being aware of potential risks and having processes in place so as to identify and alleviate potential problems to the public and the environment.
Developing an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that both complies with legislation and details measures taken on your worksite to identify, prevent or minimise environmental damage is the first step in addressing regulatory requirements.
Environmental issues have become big news in the past decade and the implications for the construction industry are significant.
Tougher laws and more serious penalties have been introduced in a bid to discourage behaviour that might negatively impact the environment.
Maintaining a consistent standard of quality in the construction industry is no accident - this is where quality management comes in.
It’s not only about making sure your product or service is consistent, but also how you go about achieving this.
There are four main elements to quality management: quality planning, quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement.
There is no place for guesswork when it comes to figuring out exactly what lies on or below a site. These features can have a big impact on a future development, potentially even bringing the project to a halt.
A site classification will assess whether there are any geotechnical features that could have ramifications for development, or whether any contaminants are present on the site.
Here are some questions to consider when investigating a site:
With the importance of securing the right subcontractors and suppliers to aid the on-time and on-budget delivery of building projects, the requirement to correctly evaluate tenders received is an important and necessary skill.
In order to run a project to client expectations, procuring suitable subcontractors is one of the most important of your tasks. Your choice of subcontractor must ensure:
An essential part of a construction company’s daily routine is the administration of contracts, between it and suppliers, sub-contractors, or clients. All payments and delivery terms will be detailed within a contract, with any disputes generally settled by reference to it. This is why contact administration is important to the smooth running of individual projects, its components, and the construction company as a whole.
Essentially there are three parts to a contract, which is best produced as a formal written document:
The success of any building project depends upon how it is managed from beginning to end. A project plan is an invaluable tool in the initiation, continuation, and delivery of any project, with wide ranging benefits, such as:
- A timetable of tasks to be completed;
- Resource requirements diarised;
- Milestones to work to;
- Flagging of statutory building inspections.
Such a program helps management to work on the project rather than in the project.
When establishing site viability, the geotechnical report will help determine how the site is to be classified and assessed for either:
Builders get into the building business for several reasons. And if you’re like thousands of builders in New South Wales, you get a great deal of personal satisfaction from creating something tangible out of a pile of building materials. There’s a satisfaction that comes from getting up, going to the job site, getting things organized, being entrepreneurial, and building a house that’s going to be a home…or a building where a business becomes successful.