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FMI’s latest forecast and Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI)

FMI’s forecast for 2017 predicts an increase of 6% for total construction put in place. Although this is a drop from the pace of growth from 2013 through 2015, it seems to indicate that the recovery bounce is over and more normal, albeit slower growth is expected for the next few years.
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FMI's U.S. Markets Construction Overview 2017

Favorable general economic conditions, a high level of consumer confidence and the potential for tax reform and increased federal spending all promise to keep the industry on track for yet another positive year. read more
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HVAC Bid Specification Reference Manual

The HVAC Bid Specification Reference Manual assists the HVAC contractor in the preparation of a bid, the designer in the preparation of the construction documents including plans and specifications, and the owner in the preparation of bid and contract documents.
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GSA Website Offers a Wealth of “Green Building” Information

The Government Services Administration (GSA), the government’s largest civilian landlord, leads the way in green building design, construction, retrofit and sustainable operations and maintenance.
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Shielding Fresh Air Ventilation Intakes

In buildings with moisture damage, the original source for these problems may be water entering through the fresh air ventilation intakes.
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  • Resource FMI's construction outlook for Q3 2017

    Despite the many political and economic uncertainties, the total construction spend for the U.S. is forecast to end up 4% higher in 2017 compared to last year. Although this is a drop from the pace of growth from 2013 through 2016, it seems to indicate that the recovery bounce is over and more normal, albeit slower growth is expected for the next few years.

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  • Resource FMI Quarterly: How Your Board Can Propel Organizational Strategy

    This white paper is free to SMACNA members and demystifies how to best use an outside board of directors.

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  • Resource The Impact of Prefabrication on Productivity

    This 2017 New Horizons Foundation white paper provides information and findings on the relationship between productivity and prefabrication.

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  • Resource FMI's latest forecast and Non-Residential Construction Index (NRCI)

    FMI's current forecast for 2017 predicts an increase of 5% for total construction put in place. read more

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  • Resource FMI’s latest forecast and Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI)

    FMI’s forecast for 2017 predicts an increase of 6% for total construction put in place. Although this is a drop from the pace of growth from 2013 through 2015, it seems to indicate that the recovery bounce is over and more normal, albeit slower growth is expected for the next few years.

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  • News Daikin highlights new prefab techniques for HVAC Council

    SMACNA’s HVAC Contractors Council Steering Committee learned about innovative prefabrication techniques and trends in modular central plant construction during a recent tour of the Daikin Modular Central Plant (MCP) fabrication facility in Phoenix.

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  • Resource FMI's U.S. Markets Construction Overview 2017

    Favorable general economic conditions, a high level of consumer confidence and the potential for tax reform and increased federal spending all promise to keep the industry on track for yet another positive year. read more

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  • Resource Managing Risk in the Construction Industry - a 2017 Smart Market Report

    This study provides information on the financial, safety and overall project risks facing the construction industry today. SMACNA is a research partner to the study. It should help contractors gain a broader understanding of the types and levels of risks throughout the construction industry.

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  • Resource White Paper: Off-Site Construction, Modularization, and Sheet Metal Prefabrication

    This New Horizons Foundation paper focuses on off-site construction from the perspective of prefabrication and installation of preassembled building components within “traditional” site-built construction project delivery methods or systems.

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  • Resource 2016 Convention Session Explores the Benefits of Prefabrication

    To stay competitive in today's market, contractors must stop thinking about prefabrication as a custom, once in a lifetime job and start thinking like a manufacturer where standard products are built for installation.

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  • Resource FMI Construction Outlook Q3 2016

    The construction industry has largely recovered from the recession, at least in terms of billions of dollars in construction put in place. Up until the last two years, it seemed like a very slow recovery, but then the return to growth blossomed. The acceleration of growth in the past couple of years wasn’t a complete surprise. However, fresh memories of the recession kept some companies from hiring until everyone else started hiring to the point where labor shortages in the industry became a big issue. Pent-up demand was set free in almost every construction sector. Learn more.

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  • Resource HVAC Bid Specification Reference Manual

    The HVAC Bid Specification Reference Manual assists the HVAC contractor in the preparation of a bid, the designer in the preparation of the construction documents including plans and specifications, and the owner in the preparation of bid and contract documents.

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  • Resource FMI Construction Outlook: Q2 2016

    FMI’s forecast for the second quarter has changed little from our first quarter report with growth for construction put in place expected to be 6%. The general indicators lead us to expect continued slow growth that could be sustained for several years.

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  • Resource Construction Risk Survey: Your Input Requested

    SMACNA is pleased to be partnering with Dodge Data and Analytics on a study of construction risk management. We invite you to share your opinions by taking the survey. By participating, you will be able to have your opinion inform the national construction community about the challenges faced by the industry and best practices for recognizing and mitigating risks. read more

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  • Resource Two Resources to Better Understand PACE and CHP

    A document on PACE financing and an EPA database provide information on these two programs.

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  • Resource Got Questions About Lean?

    Here are some frequently asked questions about Lean Design and Construction…

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  • Resource Prefabrication Resources Available

    Prefabrication and modularization are growing construction techniques that benefit project productivity, quality, and safety. The HVAC Council webpage includes several categories of resources for market tools and opportunities available to SMACNA members.

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  • Resource ENR SmartMarket Report

    ENR SmartMarket Report examines the impact of prefabrication and modularization on industry productivity.

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  • Resource FMI Prefabrication and Modularization in Construction Survey

    According to FMI’s 2013 Prefabrication and Modularization in Construction Survey, only 40% of all contractors responding consider their capabilities in prefabrication and modular construction as a part of their company’s strategic initiative.

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  • Resource Multi-trade Modular Rack Design and Construction Video – Southland Industries

    In this video, Southland Industries explains how the use of in-house engineering and construction resources build multi-trade modular rack systems.

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  • Resource Limbach: Off-Site Prefabrication Video

    Many components of piping systems can be fabricated in Limbach's shop for delivery to the job site for quick, safe and accurate assembly. This video explores Limbach off-site prefabrication.

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  • Resource NIBS Off-Site Construction Council Software Usage Survey

    This NIBS report discloses results on off-site construction software usage survey.

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  • Resource CURT Pre-Assembly Perks

    This CURT article explains pre-assembly perks and why modularization works.

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  • Resource NIBS Off-Site Construction Council Industry Survey

    This NIBS report shares the results of the industry off-site construction survey.

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  • Resource NIBS Off-Site Construction Council

    This article delves into the world of “off-site construction” and NIBS’ very own Off-Site Construction Council.

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  • Resource Prefab and BIM Expertise Video - MMC Contractors

    This video showcases SMACNA member MMC Contractors ability to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) and modularization techniques to go beyond just fabrication. The company uses these methods that result in better quality, leaner schedules and lower costs.

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  • Resource What is Prefabrication? Video – J.F. Ahern Co.

    In this video, SMACNA member J.F. Ahern takes you through project stages including estimating, pre-planning, design/coordination, scheduling and purchasing, fabrication/assembly, quality control, and field installation to show how prefabrication works and benefits projects though improved risk, timing and cost.

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  • Resource Prefabrication that Benefits Your Project

    This short video shows how SMACNA member J.F. Ahern utilizes prefabrication throughout its pipe fabrication, sheet metal, plumbing, and fire protection shops to improve productivity, quality and safety. This video addresses estimating and design, shop fabrication and assembly, quality control, delivery and installation, and final occupancy.

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  • Resource J.F. Ahern Co. Prefab Time Lapse Video

    Who knew that prefabricated mechanical racking systems were so COOL? J. F. Ahern Co. recently unveiled a time-lapse video that was filmed over several months, chronicling the assembly and installation of 32 multi-trade racking systems for the Froedtert CFAC project in Milwaukee.

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  • Resource Prefabrication: Benefits and Drivers for Successful Implementation - M.A. Mortenson Co.

    This document provides results of a project study that shows how the use of prefabrication significantly reduced the typical risk and was a major contributor to the success of a highly technical, aggressively scheduled hospital project.

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  • Resource Alliance to Save Energy Systems Efficiency Initiative

    With more than 50 stakeholders in participation of its creation, the Alliance to Save Energy and its partners recently unveiled the Systems Efficiency Initiative (SEI) Year 1 Report entitled, Greater than the Sum of its Parts: The Case for a Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency which focuses on ways to attain next level building efficiency by optimizing building systems.

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  • Resource ACCO Energy Benchmarking Presentation and Samples

    Learn more about energy benchmarking and how it could impact the sheet metal industry,

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  • Resource ENERGY STAR benchmarking tools

    Use ENERGY STAR tools to benchmark energy performance, regardless of facility type.

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  • News SMACNA’s HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics—Updated 2016

    SMACNA’s new manual “HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics,” 2nd edition, 2016, is a non-technical overview of HVAC systems used in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. It covers system operation and components; and presents helpful diagrams and figures illustrating the systems.

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  • Resource White Paper: The Business Case for BIM

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become a requirement on most mid-sized to large commercial construction projects. But sheet metal and HVAC contractors want to know ̶ do the benefits of BIM justify the cost? SMACNA’s new white paper “The Business Case for BIM” can help contractors justify the cost of investing in BIM capabilities.

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  • Resource FMI's First Quarter 2016 Nonresidential Construction Index

    Non-Residential Construction Index for 1st Quarter 2016 - Puzzling drop in the NRCI for 1st Quarter…impact of political rancor or the Goldilocks effect?

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  • Resource New CFIRE Report Presents Ways to Finance Energy Projects in Buildings

    The new CFIRE Report examines the current and potential roles of three key equity investing structures in capitalizing the sustainable and energy-efficient development and retrofit of investment-grade commercial buildings and renewable-energy production.

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  • Presentation Benefits of Prefabrication & Modularization Techniques

    This presentation was delivered at the SMACNA 2015 Annual Convention by John Cannistraro (Cannistraro) & Brandon Bergholz (Mortenson).

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  • Resource FMI's 2016 U. S. Markets Construction Overview

    Strategic decisions clear the way for profitable growth. Read more.

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  • News Capitol Hill Update: SMACNA efforts intensify to pass HVAC tax incentive bill

    With the first session of Congress nearing an end, SMACNA and allied industry groups are strongly pushing H.R. 636,America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, to make the 2014 IRS tax code expensing (section 179D) levels permanent and provide much-needed certainty for small businesses. The group is seeking an extension of 179D as part of a growing tax extender legislative package expected before adjournment.

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  • News What downturn? SmartMarket Report: Lean construction yields strong business benefits

    The devastating impacts of the long recession have made it clear that, even as the economy slowly recovers, business as usual can no longer be an acceptable approach in the construction industry. Lean construction offers an alternative that allows companies to thrive in any economic conditions.

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  • News Five ways to use lean in green HVAC construction

    Customers value building green. Did you know that by applying lean techniques in your HVAC business, you can reduce the cost of being green and make it affordable and desirable?

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  • Resource Boosting Profitability with Flexible Overhead

    To weather the cyclical nature of the construction business and economic downturns, the successful contractor of the future must be able to quickly reduce excessive and unnecessary overhead. Now is the ideal time for contractors to question long relied upon business practices and rebuild their organizations using new, sustainable business models. One such model is the “Flexible Overhead” paradigm by Dr. Thomas C. Schleifer. Read More

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  • News Contractor in the News: HVAC fire life safety market will build your bottom line

    SMACNA member John Sickle Jr., president of Duct Fabricators Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, has been extoling the virtues of getting into the HVAC fire life safety inspection market to increase contractors’ work and provide steady residual business.

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  • Resource The VA BIM Guide

    VA is committed to moving both the organization and its service providers to BIM as effectively and efficiently as possible, and to integrating BIM process requirements and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methodologies into its delivery requirements.

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  • Resource SMACNA’s HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics—Updated 2016

    SMACNA’s new manual “HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics,” 2nd edition, 2016, is a non-technical overview of HVAC systems used in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. It covers system operation and components; and presents helpful diagrams and figures illustrating the systems.

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  • Form HVAC Systems Expertise Project Information Form

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  • Resource Building Information Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery by Brad Johnson—2009 SMACNA Annual Convention

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  • Resource USGBC’s Knowing the Facts on Green Schools

    Whether it’s a school, a data center or an office building, proper operation and maintenance of any green building is critical to ensure ongoing, long-term LEED performance.

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  • News Sunset Air's “living laboratory” shines a light on green opportunities

    Remember all of that talk about how contractors should grab the green opportunity? SMACNA contractor Sunset Air Inc. of Lacey, Wash., took it seriously.

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  • News New “HVAC Systems Commissioning Manual” advocates contractor-directed commissioning

    SMACNA’s “HVAC Systems Commissioning Manual,” second edition, is now available. This latest edition has been recognized as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard and is the only ANSI HVAC Systems Commissioning standard to date.

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  • News Planning to do military work? You’ll need to know COBie

    COBie stands for Construction Operations Building Information Exchange. It’s the smarter brother of building information modeling (BIM)—a method to capture information electronically, avoid redundancy, and present a project owner with well-organized, systematic information on a delivered building. It will also save sheet metal contractors something very important—money.

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  • News St. Louis Library renovation challenges SMACNA’s Wiegmann Associates

    It’s a project with so many noteworthy aspects—and a winner of so many awards—that one almost doesn’t know where to start.

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  • News Spatial Coordination BIM Guide’s author: Your competition is not waiting for you

    For David E. Quigley, the author of the new SMACNA publication on BIM, the guide represents an opportunity for specialty contractors to better make use of new technologies and practices associated with spatial coordination through the use of BIM digital data.

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  • News Shielding Fresh Air Ventilation Intakes

    In buildings with moisture damage, the original source for these problems may be water entering through the fresh air ventilation intakes.

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  • News Jerry Yudelson tapped to become Green Building Initiative’s president

    Nationally respected green building expert Jerry Yudelson has been named president of the Green Building Initiative (GBI) to accelerate the nonprofit’s growth and bring green building options to a larger audience of owners, designers, facility managers, and investors.

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  • News New HVAC duct construction app delivers data to mobile devices

    SMACNA has a new app for its flagship manual, “HVAC Duct Construction Standard—Metal and Flexible.”

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  • News Eliminating punch lists

    The difficulty in discussing Punch Lists with construction organizations is that Punch Lists are considered part of the jobsite process, instead of the 100 percent waste that they are. Eliminating the need for Punch Lists will produce a better quality project, with greater owner satisfaction, and more successful project team member organizations.

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  • Resource Contracts Bulletin #115: Does Signing on the Dotted Line Really Matter Anymore?

    “Only one thing counts in this life. Get them to sign on the line that is dotted!”1 When Alec Baldwin made this famous pronouncement, he emphasized the contract must be signed by both parties. However, general contractors and subcontractors are increasingly bound by agreements that are signed by only one, or in some cases neither, of the parties. There are at least two instances where state courts have agreed that a contract exists even though the two parties have not signed anything.2 First, when a subcontractor provides a bid that a general contractor relies upon and includes in its proposal ...

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  • Technical Paper Air Duct Leakage HVAC 2011 Technical Paper

    SMACNA published the HVAC Air Duct Leakage Test Manual in conjunction with the SMACNA HVAC Duct Construction Standards. Research proved that duct leakage could be well defined as a function of the static pressure and the surface area of the duct.

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  • Technical Paper ERRATA for the Task Force Page in HVAC Duct Construction Standards, 3rd Edition 2005

    This file replaces the current Task Force page in the HVAC Duct Construction Standards – Metal and Flexible, Third Edition. Due to a printing error some of the former committee members were incorrectly identified.

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  • Report NEMI Market Surveys

    Download NEMI Market Surveys. Available as Word Documents.

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