As the recession finally comes to an end, it is important for Contractors to take action to improve their margins. Last month saw the latest edition of Document L of the Building Regulations become law. This means that any projects granted planning permission after April 2014 need to incorporate new, higher, levels of energy efficiency. In an article for CNplus I review how Energy efficiency expertise can boost your margins below is a summary of this article.

Focus on end results

While it can be argued that more demanding regulations mean higher construction costs it should not be forgotten that the end result is energy efficient buildings, making them more comfortable to live and work in and cheaper to heat. Benefits for both owners and occupants.

In terms of design, while traditional construction methods can be modified, there are a raft of new construction techniques available.

Things for contractors to consider

For the contractor this means that you need to be up to speed with the latest offerings available from manufacturers. So take the opportunity to learn about the new systems and products available. In addition to details on manufacturer websites many trade associations and industry organisations are running seminars to inform about the options available. One example is a free event being organised by the Green Construction Board on the morning of 3rd July at Nottingham University. This will explain some of the changes to Document L and then give a tour of the demonstration houses at the university. If you are based in the area why not come along and learn more about the details of sustainability. You can register at http://www.gcbnottingham2014.eventbrite.co.uk/

And when you have gained a good understanding of solutions, present you organisation as an expert. Publish case studies about projects you have completed with quotes from satisfied clients. Perhaps write a blog commenting on your experiences installing different systems. And if you have been certified to install specialist systems make sure this is clearly shown on your website, prequalification documents, proposals and bids.

Present your organisation as experts

when you have gained a good understanding of solutions, present you organisation as an expert. Publish case studies, write a blog and if you have been certified to install specialist systems, make sure this is clearly shown on your website, prequalification documents, proposals and bids.

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