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Build Expo Presents Opportunities for Building Supply Dealers

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 04:07 PM

In the legendary anthem, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” Pete Seeger wrote: “To everything, turn, turn, turn. There is a season, turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to build, a time to break down.”

And so it goes that thousands of professionals making a living in and around the US construction industry will attend one of three remaining 2017 Build Expos across the country, all in the name of building. There will also be breaking down as hundreds of firms exhibiting their wares “strike their tents” before preparing for the next show in the series.

Buyers attending the shows include architects and engineers, designers, general contractors, commercial and home builders, developers and real estate professionals, government agencies, building owners, unions, the US Army Corps of Engineers and more. It’s a “target rich” environment for building supply dealers.

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Tags: Building Materials

5 Steps to Improve Warehouse Operations for Building Supply Dealers

Posted by Damien Justus on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Every business activity is a monetary investment, whether it involves manual labor, new technology or equipment. According to The Associated General Contractors of America, “the industry has more than 650,000 employers with over 6 million employees and creates nearly $1 trillion worth of structures each year.” Those projects absorb an enormous amount of construction materials, and how well those resources are managed on a day-to-day basis directly impacts the value delivered by building supply dealers. Consequently, streamlining operations to function effectively can come down to five basic steps for dealers.

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Tags: Building Materials

Five Trends in Green Building Materials

Posted by Jessica Kane on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

The demand for green building materials in construction projects, both commercial and residential, is on the rise as people look to reduce their footprint and preserve the environment. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the materials also help decrease utility costs. As the trend continues, building materials dealers are anticipating the recommendation of more reclaimed, recycled, renewable and revolutionary materials in construction projects.

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Building Materials Update: the Red Side of Green Brick

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

Fired-clay brick has changed little since being introduced some 5,000 years ago, but the kilning process now uses 70% less energy than it did a half century ago. Brick was a “green product” long before the green building materials movement was branded and it is now greener than ever. Despite the advances, controversy now exists between the self-regulation of brick production and government intervention.

Brick offers fire- and impact-resistance, energy-efficiency and sound protection to structures around the world as a 100% recyclable product. To reduce transportation costs, brick-making plants are typically located near raw materials sources, thus reducing the carbon footprint.

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Tags: Building Materials

Cooling Tips from Energy.gov for the Building Materials Industry

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 07:00 PM

HVAC systems as well as insulation, windows, doors and siding have improved tremendously over the past 50 years, rendering many older homes obsolete. The situation is most critical in the winter when heat loss can cost lives, or during the summer when every cubic foot of coolness brings potential comfort.

When homeowners can’t identify why their house isn’t cooling properly, a cadre of experts such as energy auditors, HVAC professionals and building materials managers stand ready to improve conditions for people and pets while increasing their own profits.

Knowing that effective cooling methods vary according to design, structural components and devices, the Department of Energy has compiled a list of HVAC suggestions for enhancing air conditioning systems.

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Tags: Building Materials

Largest Green Roof in World to Shake Building Supply Sales

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

It’s large, it’s green and it's coming to Silicon Valley near the Apple computer headquarters in Cupertino, California. As part of the redevelopment of the 40-year-old Vallco Shopping Mall, landscape architects have designed a 30-acre green roof that will be largest in the World upon approval and completion. The entire project is estimated at $3 billion. When groundbreaking begins, the project will require enormous resources that will increase building supply sales for local dealers. 

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Tags: Building Materials

Energy Efficient Tips To Increase Sales for Building Materials Stores

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

With energy being one of the most expensive resources in the world, this winter’s firm grip caused utility bills to remain inflated longer than residents would have liked. Spring officially began on March 20, but people in northern states contested the cold with space heaters, the common devices that provide supplemental heat and account for nearly 45 percent of the total heating bill in the average family home.

To address such extreme temperatures, building materials managers and hardware store leads can help consumers save big money by providing energy efficient upgrades.

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Tags: Building Materials, Maria Tzouvelekis

Use Pull Marketing to Stimulate Building Supply Sales

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

For those marketing building materials, sometimes the conflict in our own heads is more difficult than the one waged with the competition. Do we push our products through the channels of distribution, or shall we pull them?

Push-pull marketing strategy is a significant component of the relationship between place and promotion, or one half of the Four Ps of Marketing: product, price, place and promotion. According to Marketing Made Simple, pushing relates to the process of “taking the product to the customer” while pulling concerns “getting the customer to come to you.”

Both approaches have coexisted for thousands of years and as long as people have been involved with merchandising. Often, a combination of the two schools provides a proper mix that is determined by the product category, the historic period or the marketer. Whatever the mix, the choices are truly endless for dealers wishing to stimutate building supply sales with pull marketing techniques.

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Tags: Building Materials

The Future of Sustainable Construction and Building Materials

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Advances in sustainability are revolutionizing the construction and building materials industries like never before. However, it's not just the firms and workers of these sectors that are or will be affected — all beings can experience an improved standard of living with healthier materials in place and a diminished use of natural resources.

When building materials managers and construction leaders act as ambassadors for the sustainable building movement, they not only decrease the world’s carbon footprint, but they also tap into a highly profitable market. Influencing clients won’t be so difficult once they see – as many others have – that various sources have proven consumers are willing to pay more in the short term for the long term payoff of an energy efficient building. Disclosing energy efficient renovations when listing houses, condos and townhomes on the market is resulting in more units sold at higher prices as well as less time listed, according to new real estate studies.

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Tags: Building Materials, Construction, Maria Tzouvelekis

The Future of Building Materials Sales Using 3D Printers

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Sun, Mar 13, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Jay Leno — comedian, former late-night TV entertainer, and current host of Jay Leno’s Garage — recently made the news for driving the world’s first 3D printed automobile, the 2015 Local Motors Strati. More importantly, at least from the technological perspective, Leno has been an early adopter of 3D printing in his Big Dog Garage where he curates a collection of 300-plus cars and motorcycles. The Burbank, California facility features 3D engineering and production software as well as 3D scanners, inspection tools and printers. Leno and his team make some replacement parts on site, but they special order others from companies having more sophisticated 3D equipment.

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Tags: COD, Building Materials, Joe Gargiulo

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