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New projects from New Horizons: Forecasting the future

Dec 16, 2016

New Horizons_2016Interested in staying ahead of your competition, but don’t have the time or resources required to do the research and analysis of what the future holds? The New Horizons Foundation has completed three insightful, new projects that are free to the SMACNA membership and will help you face the future with confidence.

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The HVAC and Sheet Metal Industry Futures Study Update 2016

The 2016 Foundation Futures Study Update compares the predictions from the 2012 study to today’s marketplace. It presents new and emerging trends you need to guide your company into the future. The eye-opening report validates the findings from the 2012 Update and describes how the next 5 to 10 years will likely unfold. This research is based on multiple in-depth interviews with sheet metal contractors, HVAC equipment manufacturers, and other industry participants; an interactive workshop with SMACNA chapter leaders; and a quantitative survey that received more than 300 responses from building owners, facility managers, mechanical contractors, and HVAC contractors. SMACNA will re-visit its Strategic Plan in 2017 and use this tool to help guide the process.

White Paper: Off-Site Construction, Modularization, and Sheet Metal Prefabrication: Trends, Current Practice, and Recommendations

This 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. It validates the savings previously identified in earlier reports and adds definition and dimension to the advantages associated with prefabrication and modularization in the MEP and HVAC and sheet metal industries. It presents a series of industry informed recommendations for contractors using or contemplating using prefabricated/modularized systems.

New Market Risk Assessment (coming soon)

The soon-to-be-released New Market Risk Assessment is the Foundation’s largest project. It includes powerful information for SMACNA contractors related to the risks they take when entering a new market. This must-read document introduces a 10-step customized market-entry, decision-framework tailored specifically to SMACNA members. (Currently only 7 percent of SMACNA members have such a process like this in place.) This innovative process can help increase the likelihood of success when entering a new market.