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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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  • News HVAC Update – Creating a pathway for youth to get into the trades earlier

    SMACCA Milwaukee’s new Youth Apprenticeship Program is demonstrating that the trades are not only capturing the hearts and minds of high school students, it is convincing educators, counselors, and parents that construction can be a practical and rewarding alternative to college.

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  • Resource FMI's First Quarter Construction Outlook

    Total engineering and construction spending for the U.S. is forecast to end up 7 percent in 2018, compared to 4 percent in 2017. Residential and select nonresidential segments are predicted to lead spending growth. Office, commercial and health care markets continue to accelerate whereas, multi-family residential, lodging, and manufacturing appear to be stabilizing. View the details.

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  • Resource Rethinking Offsite Construction

    Recent FMI research offers a high-level snapshot of today's U.S. offsite construction environment and reveals how owner organizations perceive and use offsite construction for their projects.

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  • Resource Will the Changing Laws on Legal Marijuana Affect your HVAC Company?

    Many may celebrate the expanding legalization of marijuana and the growth of the marijuana industry, the reality is complicated for contractors and may have a huge impact on the way an employer runs their business. Further complicating matters is the fact that under federal law, marijuana is still illegal.

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  • Resource 2018 FMI Outlook Featuring FMI’s Fourth Quarter 2017 Construction Outlook

    The 2018 FMI Outlook Featuring FMI’s Fourth Quarter 2017 Construction Outlook includes FMI executives sharing their opinions on how 2017 will shape up and the forecast for 2018.

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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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  • 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 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 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 ENR SmartMarket Report

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

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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

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

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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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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 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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  • 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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