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10 Root Causes of Poor Productivity


The survey, by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), was international in scope involving more than 75 MGI employees from eight offices worldwide. In addition, the MGI staff consulted with more than 45 internationally known productivity experts, consultants, academics, economists, researchers and practitioners.

MGI surveyed 5,000 construction-industry CEOs representing asset owners, engineering and construction firms, suppliers and other institutions such as construction consulting firms, academics, and industry associations. Participants were asked to rank the relative importance of root causes of low productivity, and indicate what their companies were doing to address them.

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Ask The Consultant
By Chuck Daleo

Q: What are the new hot spots in the residential code?
Steve S.

Well, the newest and hottest issue is an emergency amendment to the 2016 California Building Code (CBC). Although this amendment is in the CBC it can still affect residential construction.

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Asbestos in Construction

What is Asbestos? Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals. Asbestos differs from other minerals, in that it forms long thin fibers instead of crystals. There are six different minerals, divided into two groups, included in the asbestos family. The two groups are Serpentine and Amphibole, and are based on the differences of their crystalline structure. Serpentine forms a sheet or layered structure. Amphiboles form a chain-like structure. Asbestos fibers are naturally occurring and stay airborne very well.

Where do you find asbestos? Asbestos is used in many products because of their high tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to chemical and thermal breakdown. Asbestos is used in insulation, fireproofing materials, automotive brakes, cement and wallboard materials, floor tiles and roofing material.

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Asbesto en Construcción

¿Qué es Asbesto? Asbesto es el nombre dado a un grupo de materiales que ocurren en la naturaleza. El asbesto difiere de otros materiales en que forma fibras largas y delgadas en vez de cristales. Incluidos en la familia del asbesto existen seis diferentes minerales, divididos en dos grupos. Los dos grupos son Serpentinos y Anfíbolos, y su división se basa en las diferencias de su estructura cristalina. Los Anfíbolos forman una estructura en forma de cadena. Las fibras de asbesto ocurren naturalmente y se mantienen muy bien en suspensión en el aire.

¿Dónde se encuentra el asbesto? El asbesto se usa en muchos productos por su alta resistencia a la tensión, flexibilidad y resistencia a las sustancias químicas y a la descomposición térmica. El asbesto se usa en aislamiento, materiales a prueba de fuego, frenos para automóviles, cemento y materiales para tablas de pared para construcción, materiales para pisos y para techos.

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Capitol Connection Q&A for Contractors
By Shauna Krause, President, Capitol Services, Inc

While it sometimes feels like a disaster movie living here, people in the Golden State aren’t shaken easily, and are often rebuilding after fire, flood or earthquake. This opens the door for scammers and they have been warned! First, we ‘plumb’ the depths of license rules for a business buyer…

Q:  I am in the process of purchasing a business that has a Contractor’s license with a “C-20” (HVAC) and “C-36” (Plumbing) classifications. My experience is with hydronic piping and cooling towers. What type of license would be required to perform this work? I want to make sure I’m covered with the seller’s license.

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How To Pick a Domain Name For Your Construction Company

While picking a domain name seems like it should be easy, I find myself spending a lot of time on it. We know we want a simple URL that is easy to remember and is short and sweet. Unfortunately the internet has been around for while now and the best domains are taken. Here are a few helpful hints that will put you on the right path.

It is almost impossible to find a short and sweet url these days. Especially one that conveys who you are and what you do quickly and efficiently. So go ahead and forget about it.

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Phone: (909) 396-1451
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