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5S methodology: understanding a Lean Construction basic

Lean Construction has been changing the construction industry over the last two decades. While hard to believe given the technological advances, the productivity of the construction industry has been declining since 1964. New technologies have aided in reducing the cost of designs and construction, but they have not greatly improved the management of the construction process.

One of the main tenants of Lean is 5S. Contractors unfamiliar with Lean Construction might encounter 5S tags or labeling on jobsites. The methodology, adapted from the original Toyota version, is designed to promote an environment of cleanliness and organization to increase employee productivity.

Commonly misinterpreted terms in construction contracts

A contract is a legally binding document that all parties should understand before signing, but that is not always the case. When signing a construction contract, contractors and subcontractors alike should make sure they clearly understand all the terms.

What are force majeure clauses in construction contracts?

With the devastation and havoc from Hurricane Irma still lingering, construction projects faced numerous setbacks during tropical storm season. One way the construction industry has learned to handle unexpected and unplanned events is to incorporate a force majeure clause into contracts.

The term is French and loosely translates to "superior force." Contracts containing a force majeure clause outline unexpected occurrences that might excuse nonperformance.

The top four construction defects you should know about

A house is more than just a structure. For many people, a home is a place to unwind, have fun with family, and make memories. But let's say that your house is faced with a construction defect-- a scenario that is all too familiar to many homeowners.

Construction defects can be time-consuming, expensive headaches. What's more, many deficiencies are not immediately noticeable after moving into a home, making them more challenging to address. Learning about the four main types of construction defects can make them easier to confront if they happen to you.

Homeowner Associations must take action post hurricane Irma

We are in the midst of tropical storm season. This year has been particularly active. Puerto Rico is without power and drinking water. Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas. Hurricane Irma swept through here in Florida, after growing in strength to category five at one point. Though damage has already occurred, hurricane season technically still has two months remaining. Homeowner Associations will need to be vigilant in the process of repairing homes.

Chances are that as an association, you already have best practices and plans in place for tropical storm season damage. It is your goal to have residents back to a normal way of life, and standard living conditions met, as soon as possible.

Small business: should you enter a general partnership?

When you start a small business, there are several ways to structure your company. One of the simplest, and most popular, structures is a general partnership.

Legally, you do not even need to file paperwork to create a general partnership. You just need to create a for-profit business, and enter into business with at least one other partner. Despite their simplicity, general partnerships come with financial risk. What should you know before you enter into a general partnership?

HOA: can you prevent disputes with homeowners?

Homeowners Associations (HOA) bring order to a community. They ensure a minimum appearance standard, maintain community spaces and collect dues for community upkeep. Despite their good intentions, homeowners and their HOA regularly fall into contention. Arguments over something as small as a house’s paint color can quickly escalate to expensive litigation costs. What can you do to keep peace with homeowners?


Litigating mold lawsuits

Because of the expense of remediation, and the health concerns it engenders, the appearance of black mold in a new building often leads to intense litigation over who is responsible.

It is commonly known that mold thrives in moist, unventilated areas. But it is another thing credibly pinpointing the actual causes of toxic mold in a building. The presumption often is that defects in construction allowed the mold to take over and devalue the property. 

What To Look For In A Franchise Disclosure Document

Prospective franchisees interested in opening a restaurant franchise, hotel franchise, retail store franchise or any other type of franchise will be presented with a franchise disclosure document (FDD). These documents can be daunting, as they can run up to 200 pages long. However, it is critical to review the document thoroughly, as the success of your franchise will depend on your understanding of and compliance with the FDD.

The franchise development director may walk you through the document. Keep in mind though that the director does have an interest in getting you to sign, so that may influence how they present the information to you. It is in your best interest to take the time to review the document on your own or with the help of an independent party such as an attorney who practices franchise law.

Construction defects are more prevalent in condos

Construction defects can have lingering effects in homes. From causing discomfort to rendering a space unlivable, a single construction error can have widespread consequences and require thousands of dollars to fix. However, it appears that residents of condominiums may experience construction defects more often than their counterparts in single family homes or townhouses, according to a new report by Community Associations Institute (CAI), a nonprofit focused on “community association education, governance, and management.”

The CAI study was compiled by examining the scale of litigation surrounding claims of construction deficiencies and their impact on homeowners.

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