Hoffman Estates, Illinois (PRWEB) August 15, 2008
The perfect storm of soaring fuel costs and intensified global demand has caused major volatility and rapid escalations of construction material costs. Despite these obstacles, experienced builders have a variety of solutions for offsetting the escalating material costs and still developing new facilities for growth and expansion. In a recent white paper titled "Smart Construction," Leopardo Construction, one of the nation's premier construction companies and a recognized leader in sustainable building practices , highlights 10 economical building solutions for offsetting the skyrocketing material prices and realigning construction budgets with original expectations.
Since January 2004, the price per gallon of gasoline at the pump has risen 167 percent and diesel fuel has jumped 252 percent. The cost of fuel has a tremendous impact on petroleum-based materials such as plastic, asphalt, rubber, PVC, insulation and roofing shingles. The price of asphalt, for instance, increased 47 percent in the last 12 months. Beyond petroleum byproducts, every single construction material requires manufacturing and transportation - sometimes across thousands of miles - which consume fuel.
According to the Leopardo white paper, while fuel prices may eventually come back down, any signs of material price stabilization are in question for the foreseeable future because of the plummeting value of the U.S. dollar and massive global demand.
The 10 economical construction solutions Leopardo covers in its 16-page white paper include:
1. Avoiding scope creep and building lighter
2. Purchasing materials smarter and in bulk
3. Knowing where the construction dollars are spent
4. Changing the palette of materials
5. Building green and reaping the benefits
6. Integrating more revenue-generating space and features
7. Leveraging the contractor as a development partner
8. Bringing the builder onboard early or exploring the design-build delivery method
9. Fast tracking the project
10. Building smart, energy producing or self-powered projects
As the paper concludes, smart contractors truly understand that the term "saving" goes well beyond dollars and cents. They work hard to counsel clients on price escalations, material demands, supply shortages, alternative methods of construction, lifetime costs, efficiencies and impact on the environment. With a sophisticated builder onboard early, companies will have countless solutions for offsetting the rising material prices. For the complete 16-page paper, including in-depth solutions and examples, please visit http://www.leopardo.com.
tandrlik @ leopardo.com
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