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SMACNA’s project management resources and educational programs provide members with the necessary tools to help them manage projects efficiently, safely and on-time.

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SMACNA endorses change order reform - Join the campaign to get paid on federal change orders

Has the federal government refused payment, delayed payment, or erected administrative barriers to you when seeking resolution of necessary federal change orders? We need you to tell us about your experiences getting paid for changes so SMACNA can better advocate for “The Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2017.”
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Project Selection Program

Take a look at this new tool developed by construction management guru Tom Schleifer. This project selection tool provides an accurate measurement of project selection risk based on what is known or not known about a potential project at a given point in time.
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Making RFIs More Effective

SMACNA’s white paper “Making RFIs More Effective” offers practical tools and ideas to help contractors improve the Request for Information (RFI) process, and get the information they need to move the project forward.
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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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Change Order Excel Spreadsheet and App

SMACNA has developed a members-only change order spreadsheet in two versions - an Excel format spreadsheet and web-based App, to assist members in accurately developing, organizing and presenting their change order proposals. See a demo and access the tools.
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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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SMACNA Guidelines for Change Orders Manual

These Guidelines focus primarily on the position of the subcontractor in dealing with the higher tiers on a construction project. The Manual is available for free to SMACNA members.
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  • News SMACNA endorses change order reform - Join the campaign to get paid on federal change orders

    Has the federal government refused payment, delayed payment, or erected administrative barriers to you when seeking resolution of necessary federal change orders? We need you to tell us about your experiences getting paid for changes so SMACNA can better advocate for “The Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2017.”

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  • News Choosing profitable work through careful project selection

    Hear what Thomas C. Schleifer, construction management consultant, has to say about "go" or "no-go" decisions on which projects to pursue and why it is critical for your long-term profitability. He will speak on Wednesday, October 25, at SMACNA's Annual Convention.

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  • News Project Managers Institute another sell out

    Congratulations to the newest graduates from SMACNA’s Project Managers Institute. Project managers are critical to SMACNA members, so the Association offers an outstanding curriculum to teach the skills these people need to excel in this highly competitive field.

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  • Resource Project Selection Program

    Take a look at this new tool developed by construction management guru Tom Schleifer. This project selection tool provides an accurate measurement of project selection risk based on what is known or not known about a potential project at a given point in time.

    More

  • Resource Making RFIs More Effective

    SMACNA’s white paper “Making RFIs More Effective” offers practical tools and ideas to help contractors improve the Request for Information (RFI) process, and get the information they need to move the project forward.

    More

  • Resource NECA Productivity Studies

    This series of studies on productivity in electrical construction offers helpful information when evaluating special job conditions and related factors. These resources are helpful in applying the job factors in the SMACNA Reference Manual for Labor units for Sheet Metal and HVAC.

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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.

    More

  • Resource Change Order Excel Spreadsheet and App

    SMACNA has developed a members-only change order spreadsheet in two versions - an Excel format spreadsheet and web-based App, to assist members in accurately developing, organizing and presenting their change order proposals. See a demo and access the tools.

    More

  • 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 SMACNA Guidelines for Change Orders Manual

    These Guidelines focus primarily on the position of the subcontractor in dealing with the higher tiers on a construction project. The Manual is available for free to SMACNA members.

    More

  • Resource Alliance Project Management Manual

    This manual, developed by the Mechanical-Electrical-Sheet Metal Alliance, provides guidelines to ensure that a construction job is planned properly prior to the commencement of actual field work. Topic areas include: basic operating factors that pertain directly to construction businesses, types of construction contracts, and 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 SMACNA/AIA Contractors Qualification Checklist

    This form was developed and approved by the Construction Management and DesignBuild Professional Interest Areas (PIA’s) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Architectural Sheet Metal Council of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, Inc. (SMACNA)

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  • Resource SMACNA's Model Specifications On HVAC-Related Work

    SMACNA Releases Six Model Specifications On HVAC-Related Work

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  • Resource Position Paper: Early Start-Up of Permanently Installed HVAC Systems

    Contractors are increasingly being required to perform early start-up of HVAC systems for the use of temporary heating, cooling or dehumidification during the construction process. View SMACNA's position paper on this issue.

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  • Resource Owner Controlled Insurance Programs

    Owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIPs) are a type of wrap-up, an increasingly popular insurance procurement option that allows coverage for multiple insureds to be bundled (or wrapped up) into one consolidated program.

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  • Resource Bidding Direct - The Prime Option

    Change is an inevitable challenge we all face. Change can be particularly disruptive to established businesses and industries Construction is one of the oldest forms of commerce on earth and one that has not always enthusiastically accepted new trends. This inflexible attitude is rapidly changing.

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  • Resource Managing Risks: NEMI's HVAC Fire Life Safety Program

    Today’s National Model Building Codes, including the International Fire Code (“IFC”), which has been adopted in 43 states, incorporates NFPA standards 80 and 105, which require smoke and fire dampers to be inspected 1 year after installation.

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  • Resource Project Management Website

    The only reference you will ever need to find the Project Management Organization best suited to your requirements.

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  • Resource The Construction Industry Institute

    The Construction Industry Institute is a research organization with a singular mission: improving the competitiveness of the construction industry. In 1983, the CII founding members were convinced of the serious need for construction-related research.

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  • Resource NECA Study: The Effect of Temperature on Productivity

    The objective of this study was to measure the effects of extreme combinations of temperature and humidity on electrical labor productivity. The study will enable electrical contractors to use the results to adjust their bids during the bidding process and to support requests for time extensions and compensation during the construction process.

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  • Resource Successful Building Project Coordination

    This document explains the critical importance of project coordination on commercial and institutional construction projects. Additionally, the document introduces concepts of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and how for the construction team, BIM is all about coordination. The document is intended to provide a basic orientation on the key role HVAC contractors play in project coordination. Covering coordination and project delivery as well as coordination methods, the document concludes with an introduction to BIM and a short treatment on the problematic topic of data file transfer.

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  • Webinars Building Information Modeling - The Key to Unlocking Your Future

    This webinar discusses the advancements in technology and how these affect the construction market. It covered the basics of BIM, how it benefits SMACNA members, and how it quickly gained a foothold among construction owners.

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  • Resource Steel Prices and Availability Crises

    SMACNA’s legal counsel has updated and reissued a 2004 memorandum in response to members experiencing severe increases in price and in many cases, availability of steel. The memorandum includes a sample “escalation clause.”

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