Finding Construction Jobs in Fields Other Than New Construction

If you are considering a career in construction you may want to think twice construction jobs are in very short supply. The unemployment for construction related jobs is very high and many of this jobs have gone down in value, because many of these jobs were and are going to undocumented workers. If you still want to pursue a career in the construction industry, you should consider formal training at a trade school and preferably in a trade that requires substantial time to learn. Some skills are in demand regardless of the state of the economy for example, air condition, heating and plumbing are not dependant on new construction. These are construction jobs, but they are also service jobs. A couple of years of training in air conditioning and heating is often enough to start a new job with an air conditioning and heating company. The time spent in these programs also means, that you take a break from a weak economy and when you are done will come back ready to work in a better economic climate. Two year programs are not necessary, but programs that necessarily require two years of training are likely to pay off in the long run. The harder it is to enter a particular trade or profession, the less likely the demand for these positions will be met. Associations and unions after make it more difficult for new people to enter their particular field and set up high standards that will in fact improve the quality of the services, but also increase the cost of entry and the cost to consumers. This in turn benefits those who can stick it out and those that are in the profession. If you have the skill and experience, then a service oriented job would be an alternative to finding jobs in new construction. There are many opportunities to become self employed as a handyman or for small home improvement projects. Many states allow contracting for repairs for projects that can be done in 2 days or less without any type of a construction license. Home improvement and home renovation as well as home repairs are not depending on new construction. Major expenses such as additions are more likely to be affected by a weak economy, but many home improvement projects as well as home repair projects are not affected much. If home owner has windows needing to be replaced, chances are they will replace them. A weak economy and poor lending practices have led to a significant increase in foreclosures. As result homes are often abandoned and thieves often gut these homes out of copper wiring and plumbing, doing significant damage in the process. Some are vandalized while vacant and some are occupied and destroyed by teens and young adults using them as party houses. Banks, lenders, and real estate investors are also likely to do home renovations prior to selling a house, or renting a house. This increased number of foreclosures often means opportunities for skilled construction workers. These are not new construction jobs, but they still require the same skill and know how to renovate these homes and in fact present a lot of opportunity in home improvement and repair for skilled construction workers. Construction jobs are available, but are small in number and only a few can and have obtained these jobs, but most are struggling to keep their jobs, but nontraditional construction jobs in service oriented business are presenting opportunities for those with skills. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=297610&ca=Jobs

Canada Business Immigration (Canada Immigrant Investor Program)

Canada Immigrant Investor Program has been established by the Government of Canada in 1986 to attract experienced business people who are able to invest CAD $400,000 into Canada’s economy over a 5-year period for whom interested to settle in Canada except the province of Quebec. Currently CIC has temporary stopped accepting applications for this program until the new amendments come into force most probably mid November 2010. The new proposed amendment will require applicants to show a minimum net worth of CAD $1,600,000 (increased from CAD $800,000) and a five year investment of CAD $800,000 (increased from CAD $400,000). Also, it requires at lease two years of business management experience. In return, the approved applicant will obtain permanent resident status upon arrival in Canada and can live, work, study, and conduct business in Canada and also entering and leaving Canada freely and of course applying for Canadian citizenship after minimum three years after landing in Canada. Also, for those whom want migrate to Canada and live in Quebec province, they have to apply through Quebec Immigrant Investor Program; the programs have slightly different requirements. You still need to have at least two years management experience plus invest CAD $400,000 (which may increase later November) and provide documents proofing net worth of $800,000 (which the same as Federal Immigrant Investor Program will increase to CAD $1,600,000). Compare to other investor programs around world like Australia which needs almost CAD $2,157,000 minimum net worth and CAD $1,400,000 minimum investment, UK immigrant investor program which needs a minimum net worth of CAD $3,330,000 and minimum investment of CAD $1,667,000 and USA investment immigration program which needs minimum investment of CAD 1,030,000, with new proposed amendments, Canada Immigrant Investor Program is still cheaper than others. Canada is a fast growing country with powerful economy and lots of investment opportunities like affordable real estate investment with high return which will give you a peace of mind to secure and increase your investment. What you get in return is enormous. Like other immigration programs, this program will give you unconditional Canadian permanent resident visa which will allow you to obtain permanent resident status upon arrival in Canada or Quebec, live, work, study, and conduct business in Canada, enter and leave Canada freely and apply for Canadian citizenship (minimum of three [3] years after your arrival). Also, you and your family will be qualified to receive health benefits which are one of the most health coverage around the world. In general, both Canada (Federal) and Quebec Immigrant Investor Programs are one of the fastest way to migrate to Canada especially for investors. On the other hand there are some other programs available for those whom don’t want to migration to Canada as an investor or under business immigration program like skilled workers and professional for those who want to settle and work in Canada outside of Quebec, Quebec-selected skilled workers, Canadian experience class for whom have recent work experience or graduated and recently worked in Canada, Provincial nominees and sponsoring your family. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=625108&ca=Travel

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Services to 0711 Construction Managers

Canadian building and infrastructure industry is third largest in the world and it has witnessed an exponential growth in recent years. This has subsequently led to a dramatic rise in demand of 0711 – Construction Managers. Trends in this trade is closely linked to attitude and behavior of whole building sector and these indicate that in next few years the demand for civil engineering professionals is going to rise dramatically. The openings for the specialists in this code will Opportunities will be generated from primarily two factors • Need for finding replacement as relatively major proportion of workforce retiring or getting promotion to senior levels • Generation of fresh locations as the Canadian construction sector witnesses an upheaval The building sector witnessed a fast recovery thereby creating numerous employment opportunities in 2011. As per experts, this expansion is attributed to multiple factors • Low interest rates on loans with lower taxes • A significant rise in public and private investment • Constant employment generation in various components linked to building secto Over the next few years, the rejuvenating Canadian economy is going to grow at an exponential rate which is further expected to generate more jobs in most of the building sectors, i.e. • Institutional and commercial secto • Commercial secto • Regulated residential construction secto • Civil, highway and infrastructure engineering • Industrial secto • Renovation secto The main elements in all these sectors are the workforce with specialization of managing construction work, i.e. 0711- Construction Managers. These professionals take care of functions related to organizing, defining processes and procedures, organizing, controlling, regulating and evaluating tasks of agencies or departments connected to functions related to building within an organization, as per the instructions and guidelines of a general manager or other manager at higher level. A typical list of tasks of specialists functioning as Construction Managers include carrying out most or all of listed duties Conceptualizing, laying out, arranging, monitoring and assessing construction undertakings from initialization to completion as per indicated parameters and within scheduled time frame and allocated budget Devising and Furnishingconstruction project budget estimates Conceptualizing construction time tables and junctures and supervise and compare developments in comparison to the predefined parameters And preparing agreements, and discussing terms and conditions, modifications and appending to contracts with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors ApplyingQA routines and schemes Acting as representatives on issues like business services and union agreement negotiation Making progress reports and issue progress time tables to customers Directing and regulating procurement of construction materials and land procurement Appointing and overseeing the functions of subcontractors and subordinate staff. To qualify as 0711 Construction managers For Citizenship and Immigration Canada run FSW scheme, you should have successfully completed Either of the listed academic accomplishments Baccalaureate in civil engineering, o Diploma in construction technology In certain instances a masters is also desired Along with a minimum mandatory trade exposure in the construction industry, including practical exposure as a construction supervisor or field superintendent. Besides this, you also need to score a minimum of 67 marks in the critical profile analysis process, i.e. the profile evaluation process for FSW is carried on following criteria Age Education Linguistic skills including self and spousal Practical exposure in the trade nominated in the application It is highly suggested that you approach some specialists and avail Canada Immigration Services to cut short on time and expenditure. FSW is due to close in December 2014 so you must hurry and push in your migration request. Aspiring civil engineering professionals aiming to Citizenship and Immigration Canada Services To 0711 Construction managers.Over the next few years, the rejuvenating Canadian economy is going to grow at an exponential rate which is expected to boost employment opportunities for immigrants. But you must hurry as FSW is due to close in December 2014. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=1912367&ca=Business

Hully Gully London, Ontario Canada — Arai Helmets Information

Arai Are they perhaps the world’s best helmets? We think so.

For over 50 years each and every Arai helmet has been carefully hand constructed, finished and inspected at least 3 separate times before it comes to market (yes, every single one!).

Consistently ranking number 1 in the JD Power Satisfaction survey year after year.

Mr. Hirotake Arai, a hat maker by trade, started his company over 65 years ago. He was an artisan, a craftsman – and a motorcycle rider. Today, Michio “Mitch” Arai, another lifelong rider, runs the company. And his son, Akihito, is now the third generation. If your family name was on your product, how well would you make it?

Arai Helmets uses a proprietary “Super Complex Laminate Construction” technology to produce incredibly light, strong, well ventilated helmets. The ONLY Company to employ three distinct shell shapes to fit different types of heads, Arai’s unique “custom” fit creates the most comfortable and the safest helmet available. In fact Arai Helmets are worn by more Formula 1, Nascar, and Moto GP racers than any other helmet brand – the very same helmets are available on our Hully Gully accessory shelves.

It has been our experience that riders who are Arai owners are Arai owners for life. Arai helmets provide perhaps the best value in motorcycle safety available. Whether you are an Iron Butt competitor riding across the continent or a Sunday afternoon cruiser, your own safety is the best investment you can make.

ARAI HELMET SIZEs and CONVERSION CHART

Inches HatSize -Metric–Equals
21-1/4– 6-3/4– 54—– Small
21-5/8– 6-7/8– 55—– Small
22 ——-7——–56—– Medium
22-3/8—7-1/8—57—– Medium
22-3/4– 7-1/4—58—– Large
23-1/8– 7-3/8—59—– Large
23-1/2– 7-1/2—60—– X-Large
23-7/8– 7-5/8—61——X-Large
24-1/4– 7-3/4—62—– XX-Large

Some of the brand names Arai handles

Arai RX7 Corsair Full Face
Arai Vector
Arai Profile
Arai Quantum 2
Arai XD Helmets
Arai SZ-RAM III Open
Arai SZ/m Open Face
Arai SZ/c Open Face
Arai Classic/c Open Face
Arai Classic/m Open

HullyGully is proud to be Southwestern Ontario Canda’s exclusive Arai Pro distributer Shop. Carrying the full line of Arai models, our staff are ready to find the proper helmet for you and explain the specific features of this unique and exceptional product line.

Arai Helmets, there is a difference !

Carp Ontario Canada – Ottawa Air Show, Experimental Aircraft Association, Diefenbunker, Carp Fair, Drive-in Bingo, Military History

Unofficially boasting the second highest UFO sightings behind Roswell. Home to Canada’s largest nuclear bunker! On again, off again, Carp is once again host to the annual Ottawa Air Show! Annual destination for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast. A location for a Tom Clancy movie shoot staring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman.

Intrigued? Well you should be! The Historic Village of Carp has nothing to do with the fish by the same name. The seemingly sleepy rural community sits on the northwestern fringe of the city of Ottawa – just a bit ‘up the valley’ as they say in the (Ottawa) Valley. Carp, though a small village and predominantly a farming community, has some of Canada’s defined history running through its veins.

The [debatable] secret building of the four-storey nuclear fallout Diefenbunker, was a massive Federal Government construction project completed in 1961. Now part of Canadian Cold War history, a tour through this concert and steel underground fortress will stimulate your senses with the intrigue of espionage, spies and covert operations. Come prepared to walk up and down stairs.

Carp, in the 1960s and 70s, was noted for the unusual number of UFO sightings. This is not surprising, since the Diefenbunker was a military commissioned, secure defense communications installation. Department of National Defense (DND) personnel would cycle through a tour-of-duty for up to three months inside this bunker facility.

For about 40 glorious seconds in the Tom Clancy suspense movie “The Sum of all Fears”, the Diefenbunker was Mt. Weather, Virginia, USA. The inclined tunnel leading to the huge steel-vault-like doors and locations inside the complex were used as a backdrop for the movie, scripted around a nuclear attack on America.

Nice being picked by Hollywood, but the real enticement to visit Carp is its local character. Rooted in agriculture, adds that ‘country fair’ feel when in June, the Carp Airport hosts the Ottawa Air Show and again in August, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 245 ) fly-in breakfast. Both of these Aviation spectacles boast aerial displays, vintage and modern airplanes and always a taste of aerial hot-doggin’. Although hosted on a smaller scale, rivals the big heart and excitement of the Abbotsford BC International Air Show.

It’s all morning fly-in action surrounding the Annual EAA Chapter 245 fly-in breakfast. Sometimes landing back-to-back the pilots, in their kit-built aircraft, circle, land and taxi to designated parking spots. Over 50 to 60 planes are flown in during this much anticipated event. Pilots eat a hearty breakfast, fuss over their aircraft, catch up on news from other pilots, and some then take off into the wild blue yonder. Others, like August Lehmann, veteran pilot of 49 years, flew in from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to attend the annual EAA Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast. Mr. Lehmann, who flew his custom made 2005 Cessna 230 H.P. Cyclone at an average speed of 130 mph, took the opportunity to visit with friends and relatives along his flight path to Carp, Ontario.

One plane that draws a lot of up-close attention is the prop-version replica kit of the Canadian Snowbird Team CT-114 Tutor jet, right down to the paint. One bi-plane had vintage enthusiasts crowding around for a closer look. Wow! Beautifully lacquered wood throughout the cockpit and on the wings. Lots of photo opportunities everywhere you turned. It was hard for shutterbugs to keep up.

It may start with the Carp Airport, but Carp charm doesn’t stop there. It has a few more unique long-standing attractions:
1) Home to Canada’s longest running drive-in Bingo as highlighted on the CBC Show ‘On The Road Again’ with Wayne Ronstad. Started in 1954 and still going strong!
2) Over 142 years of the Carp Fair, held during the last weekend in September!
3) Incredible sunsets and easy access to some of the best Snowmobiling and ATV trails in Canada!

Enough said! C’mon over! Chat with the locals. Bring your family and friends for a visit to one of Ottawa Valley’s gems.

Check out additional images of Carp at Flickr.com (search on ‘Carp Charm’).

Finding Construction Jobs in Fields Other Than New Construction

If you are considering a career in construction you may want to think twice construction jobs are in very short supply. The unemployment for construction related jobs is very high and many of this jobs have gone down in value, because many of these jobs were and are going to undocumented workers. If you still want to pursue a career in the construction industry, you should consider formal training at a trade school and preferably in a trade that requires substantial time to learn. Some skills are in demand regardless of the state of the economy for example, air condition, heating and plumbing are not dependant on new construction. These are construction jobs, but they are also service jobs. A couple of years of training in air conditioning and heating is often enough to start a new job with an air conditioning and heating company. The time spent in these programs also means, that you take a break from a weak economy and when you are done will come back ready to work in a better economic climate. Two year programs are not necessary, but programs that necessarily require two years of training are likely to pay off in the long run. The harder it is to enter a particular trade or profession, the less likely the demand for these positions will be met. Associations and unions after make it more difficult for new people to enter their particular field and set up high standards that will in fact improve the quality of the services, but also increase the cost of entry and the cost to consumers. This in turn benefits those who can stick it out and those that are in the profession. If you have the skill and experience, then a service oriented job would be an alternative to finding jobs in new construction. There are many opportunities to become self employed as a handyman or for small home improvement projects. Many states allow contracting for repairs for projects that can be done in 2 days or less without any type of a construction license. Home improvement and home renovation as well as home repairs are not depending on new construction. Major expenses such as additions are more likely to be affected by a weak economy, but many home improvement projects as well as home repair projects are not affected much. If home owner has windows needing to be replaced, chances are they will replace them. A weak economy and poor lending practices have led to a significant increase in foreclosures. As result homes are often abandoned and thieves often gut these homes out of copper wiring and plumbing, doing significant damage in the process. Some are vandalized while vacant and some are occupied and destroyed by teens and young adults using them as party houses. Banks, lenders, and real estate investors are also likely to do home renovations prior to selling a house, or renting a house. This increased number of foreclosures often means opportunities for skilled construction workers. These are not new construction jobs, but they still require the same skill and know how to renovate these homes and in fact present a lot of opportunity in home improvement and repair for skilled construction workers. Construction jobs are available, but are small in number and only a few can and have obtained these jobs, but most are struggling to keep their jobs, but nontraditional construction jobs in service oriented business are presenting opportunities for those with skills.

LEED Construction | Understanding LEED Construction

LEED Construction As the awareness of the need for green commercial and residential construction has grown, so has the necessity for a certification system that rates how well a structure is built or remodeled. For this reason, the US Green Building Council developed the LEED certification system that measures the level of green building practices that have been implemented in the construction process. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, but let’s take a closer look at what the program actually entails. What Does LEED Measure? LEED certification covers the broad spectrum of green building practices. Whether it is water efficiency, energy reduction, lower carbon emissions, minimized construction waste, or indoor air quality improvement, you will find it listed under the various guidelines for certification under the LEED green building system. These measurements are weighted based on the perceived value of the different improvements or green practices that can be included in the construction process, and they help to promote the directions engineers, contractors, and owners can take to make their home more green. How LEED Certification is Given Since every project is different, a long checklist of green construction practices has been created for those wishing to receive certification with the different options weighted based on their overall impact. The builder marks the LEED improvements incorporated into the structure, and then the points are tallied. That final score is adjusted based on the size of the home or project. For an average home, the different LEED awards and their required points are Certified (45), Silver (60), Gold (75), and Platinum (90). All of these items are verified by an independent third party that makes inspections before construction begins, and several times during the process. 8 Categories of the LEED Rating System for Homes 1.Innovation and Design – This credit is designed to make sure that the project is looked at by a whole before the construction actually begins. Many of the most important green building strategies require the coordination of the various trades for a fully integrated home design. 2.Location and Linkages – These credits are determined by the location of the project, as an infill project requires less infrastructure versus a remote plot of land. The idea is to promote density and the access and use of public transport to minimize the impact on the local environment. 3.Sustainable Sites – This focuses on the impact of the construction site itself. Awarding points for undisturbed land, proper erosion controls to protect rivers and streams from runoff during the building process, and surface water management for the completed project. 4.Water Efficiency – The minimization of water use inside and outside the home is required to earn these points. This includes water efficient plumbing fixtures, irrigations systems, and even the incorporation of rain water or grey water for outdoor water purposes. 5.Energy and Atmosphere – The home must meet or exceed the requirements for an Energy Star label, which includes advanced insulation, windows, HVAC equipment, lighting, and appliances. 6.Materials and Resources – Limiting the amount of waste and unnecessary building materials will earn the different points associated with this category. The efficient use of environmentally friendly products will reduce construction waste and make the home friendlier to people and nature alike. 7.Indoor Environmental Quality – As construction becomes tighter and building more insulated, the need for proper moisture and air contaminant control becomes paramount. This category is designed to ensure a safe interior environment in the completed structure. 8.Awareness and Education – A high quality green building must be properly maintained to make sure that the structure keeps its high level of efficiency throughout its life. Anyone following the LEED certification process must educate the owners and managers of the completed home or building to receive this credit. The LEED green building program is the most rigorous and internationally recognized certification for energy efficient and environmentally friendly construction of commercial and residential structures. Smart builders and owners can save drastically over the life of the building due to reduced energy and water costs, while enjoying higher indoor air quality. Make sure to consider LEED certification for your next building project or home.

Cash Shortage During Construction! Avail Construction Loan.

A construction loan is the loan that is given to people to meet their cash crisis during the construction of a house. Many a time, people face shortage of cash while the construction is in full swing. In such cases, they need cash within a short notice. A construction loan is the perfect option to handle this situation. These loans are also known as story loans, as lenders offer the loans after being aware of the story behind the construction. As a construction loan, a borrower can borrow the amount, ranging from £50,000- £2,000,000. These loans are mainly short term loans. The amount is repayable as early as borrowers complete the construction and the house is prepared to be dwelt in. Based on the few factors, the interest rate of a construction loans is decided. These factors are as follows: • The stage of construction works • The agreement among all the parties, involved in this construction, like, borrowers, lenders and contractors. But, in this context, one thing is necessary to mention. Since, these loans are offered for a short period of time, hence, the interest rate of this loan is a bit higher. Usually, the interest rate is available with adjustable and variable rates options. At the same time, the repayment option of a construction loan needs to be mentioned. Borrowers can pay off the amount with small interest only repayment. Due to this reason, borrowers can enjoy the benefit of lower installment option. While opting for a construction loan, many borrowers can opt for construction to permanent loan program. In this program, the construction loan is transformed into mortgage loan after issuing the certificate of possession. But by availing this option, borrowers need not pay for two loans. If your construction loan is transformed in mortgage loan, there will be one application and one closing. Like secured loan, in case of construction loan, there is a possibility of collateral repossession. Since, borrowers need to use their residence as collateral, hence if the amount is not repaid, their collateral will be at risk. So, a sound decision is required before applying for this loan. In such cases, experts’ advice can be advantageous, which will guide you to choose the right option. For assisting people financially in their construction work, the construction loan is customized. This loan is available for a short period of time. But in future, borrowers can convert this loan into mortgage. In case of coping up with sudden cash needs during construction work, the importance of this loan is unavoidable.

Heavy Construction Equipment Leasing – The Best Alternative to Buy Construction Equipment

Thinking of heavy construction equipment leasing as business start-up. This is the most sorts after option in the leasing business for starters. The reason being the investment is low and there is no need for the big monthly equipment fees whenever something goes good or bad with the business. Moreover in the present economic scenario, leasing is the best way to do business rather than but new equipments. There are vital different areas of construction businesses. Before plunging into it, decide what to include in the fleet and what to rent, and equipment after checking construction prices, one need to decide whether to buy new or used equipment. Regardless of financing and equipment option one chooses, one get to know about the equipment first and quality second that is required by the company. It requires experience and training to operate heavy equipment. The requirements for equipment operator normally include a commercial driver’s license and an approved training on the equipment itself. The skills of the operator differ from equipment to equipment. For example, large tractor-trailers require a commercial driver’s license and driving experience of over sized vehicles. Similarly, loader operation demands knowledge of the loader’s basic functions as well as how to properly weight and fill the bucket. Some very skilled operators can run more than one piece of equipment, although it takes years to learn multiple machines and dangerous profession too. The leasing will bring the wining business for you as it offers benefits ranging from easy equipment upgrades, stable cash flow, flexible terms, assets management, custom payment structure and superiority over bank loans or cash purchases. Along with this it also brings the tax ramification i.e. in certain instances one can deduct the entire expense of leasing as a business deduction. The equipment is not regarded as a long term liability nor as assets, instead as an operating expense which is 100% deductible. Heavy construction equipment leasing provides the replacement policy. In case if the equipment becomes obsolete, one can request it to be replaced with a new one. That is the reason one doesn’t suffer from the consequences of obsolescence. In addition, disposing of the equipment becomes the lenders problem and not yours. Heavy equipment leasing will help you get the equipment you need in order to see your business expand and grow. The leasing will bring the wining business for you as it offers benefits ranging from easy equipment upgrades, stable cash flow, flexible terms, assets management, custom payment structure and superiority over bank loans or cash purchases. Along with this it also brings the tax ramification i.e. in certain instances one can deduct the entire expense of leasing as a business deduction. The equipment is not regarded as a long term liability nor as assets, instead as an operating expense which is 100% deductible. Heavy construction equipment leasing provides the replacement policy. In case if the equipment becomes obsolete, one can request it to be replaced with a new one. That is the reason one doesn’t suffer from the consequences of obsolescence. In addition, disposing of the equipment becomes the lenders problem and not yours. Heavy equipment leasing will help you get the equipment you need in order to see your business expand and grow.

Modular Home Construction vs. Traditional Home Construction

Advances in technology and building processes have opened up a world of endless possibilities for modular home construction, providing strong competition with traditional home building. Highly controlled factory warehouses, similar to automobile factories provide a safe environment for modular home construction. Weather conditions are not a detriment to the materials, and quality control is located at each station for providing adherence to some of the highest standards for home construction in the business. Compare the benefits of modular home construction over traditionally built homes. What are the differences between modular home construction and traditional home construction? With modular home construction, materials are purchased in bulk directly from the supplier often at great savings, eliminating the middleman. Contractors using traditional construction purchase site-specific materials through building supply stores, increasing the cost of materials due to overhead and transportation. Modular construction takes place primarily indoors, increasing efficiency and savings to the customer. Weather, theft and vandalism affect a stick-built construction site, plaguing customers with weather damaged materials and loss with traditional home construction. Lot preparation can occur simultaneously with modular home construction, reducing the overall amount of time and money needed for completion. With traditional home construction, lot preparation takes place first, before any building can begin. Weather and contractor scheduling affect the duration of this process, thus extending the cost of material replacement and labor. In modular home construction, strength and quality of the home exceeds on-site stick-built homes due to the requirement of moving the home from the factory to the home site. Traditional home construction uses 25% to 30% less lumber and nails/glue, along with less overall insulation than modular home construction. Modular homes undergo rigorous inspection, following not only state and local codes, but also careful quality control at each stage of construction in the factory with modular home construction. Stick-built construction follows state and local building codes only. Inspectors are not on-site throughout the building process.