Getting The Building Industry To Work Together Effectively For a Green Future Part 1

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I am a Component Designer and in my design travels, I have witnessed a system of communication between different parts of the building industry that neither works effectively or efficiently. Because of this, it is costing ALL of us time and money. I don’t know if people are blind to this fact, are comfortably numb with doing business this way, or don’t think it will ever change. It really makes absolutely no sense to me. We live in a world where efficiency and time management are imperative for success in business. Why then do I see so much chaos in the communication process of our industry?  Architects, Engineers, Component Designers and Contractors all have their own way of doing things. This creates a world where everything has to be pieced together every time something is designed and built. I have never felt the architect/ building designer has had the component designer in mind when designing a home nor do I feel that contractors are concerned enough about  the use of components in the building process. I feel that we all work together so closely on every project, but no one worry’s about the process as a whole and how inefficient it has become. We all need to take the blinders off our eyes and start looking at the system of building as a whole and how whatever you contribute affects everything somehow.

4 comments

  1. Mickey,

    An Architect is an artist. A “GC” is the assembler of the art using many sub-contractor trades to bring about an outcome. The performance of individual tasks collectively have no skin in the game for the final finished product. The new introduction of a “HERS” rater into the tasks creates chaos of the art in an effort to gain efficiency.

    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
    Will Rogers

  2. Architects, Designers, Engineers should have a mandatory 5 years field work experience. This would streamline efficiencies and effectiveness prior to commencement of all projects.

    An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

    Benjamin Franklin

    1. Rusty, I could not have said it better myself. In addition to that I would like to state that areputable remodeling contractor is far mor likely to see the “whole” picture, more so than a track home builder.

  3. Sales Staff / Basic Training in Design Ethics & Practicality.
    Although this is a (prolific) subject I’ll try to limit it to the basic concept.
    Scenario:
    A set of plans are rolled out on my desk and a new project is about to commence. As I study the conditions for the design I notice that the section shows what looks to be a 12/12 pitch in the attic. However, there is no indication given for a pitch. As the evaluation moves forward it becomes apparent that there are no pitches given anywhere and the dimensions are scant at best. Then it becomes obvious that it’s a ‘stick-framed ‘ roof and the plans are labeled as preliminary ‘NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION’. Been there my fellow designers??
    In this scenario I would have wasted valuable time and time = money.

    What has happened?
    More times than not the salesman was never trained in component sales but can sell the ‘puddin’ out of sticks so the sales manager was anxious to get him on board. The individual is part of a team that has set goals for the end-of-month sales as a competition against the other teams. He not only wasted my time but his team’s momentum as well.

    Solution:
    Send a salesman to the design department for a very basic but valuable session in what to look for on the plans to begin with. This session needs to be light-hearted and not accusatory as to put the sales person on the defensive. Next time he picks-up a set of plans from a client he should do a feasibility check before bringing them to the design department. Everyone wins!

    This was an actual scenario from when I was in the office and it happened more than once. I now am a remote designer and it is no longer an issue. All the up-front evaluation is done and when it hits my desk it’s ‘quickly’ a new project in progress. Questions are answered swiftly and the job is re-evaluated after completion by others and sent to the shop. I am very pleased with the direction towards remote design.
    By: Mickey Morrison/ Gould Design Inc.