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Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement

This 2013 New Horizons Foundation white paper delves into the process and benefits of continuous improvement as part of a business culture.

Lean Production Principles

This New Horizons Foundation report from 2004 presents the foundation of Lean Production Principles and techniques including the simple idea of “value versus waste”.

Lean construction methods: efficient work, happy customers

“Lean construction” may be an industry buzz term, but in reality, it’s a practice many sheet metal workers already do as part of their day-to-day work. Lean processes have been found to reduce waste, encourage ideas, and help projects finish early and on budget.

SMACNA contractor Dee Cramer knows how a sheet metal shop should flow

After almost eight decades in the business, SMACNA contractor Dee Cramer Inc., Holly, Mich., knows how a sheet metal shop should flow.

Lean Design: What’s it all about? True collaboration, better outcomes

Interest in Lean design and construction has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, reflected in enhanced national media reporting, major presentations at COAA (Construction Owners Association of America) conferences and other national meetings, and rapid growth in attendance at Lean workshops and events around the country.

What’s in it for me? Documenting the benefits of Lean

The first part of this article “Lean Design: What’s it all about? presented an overview of Lean and many of its components. But now you may be asking, “What’s in it for me?” Documenting the benefits of Lean admittedly is a challenge, because no two projects are exactly alike and critics can point to the variables in questioning whether Lean techniques are really the root cause of success.

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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