Archive for September, 2012

Structural Design in Residential Building

September 26, 2012

Structural design and residential construction are common tasks for the building contractor. A contractor, architect, structural engineer, or the consumer may take part in the structural design process. Residential construction is a complicated process, and many consumers and professionals turn to a structural analysis software program to assist with the structural design process.

Structural analysis software programs assist the purchaser with a wide variety of building design applications. Beam design, footing design, and column design are all included in quality structural analysis software.

The structural design of a building is critical to the structure’s stability. One misplaced column or beam can result in property damage, personal injury, or collapse of the building. Structural design programs assist the designer in creating a stable, attractive residential design that fits the needs of the consumer.

The structural design of a residential building is much more than a floor plan and aesthetic design. It is also a blueprint for a sound structure that is designed to withstand the forces of nature, the effect of the residents, and the ravages of time.

Structural Design and Residential Construction: from the Contractor’s Point of View

A building contractor values his or her time. A contractor works on a tight schedule and places enormous importance on meeting the needs of the consumer. An unhappy homeowner is bad for business. The majority of consumers hire a contractor with a set budget.

They want to get the most values out of their new home as is possible. Errors in the structural design of a residential construction project can be costly for both the contractor and the homeowner. Structural analysis software helps eliminate design errors before a single brick is laid or the first nail is driven.

Residential construction can be very stressful for the homeowner. Many homeowners can become finicky, demanding, or downright hostile during this stressful period. Last minute changes to the structural design of a residence equate more stress for the building contractor as well. With the use of a structural analysis software program, these last minute changes are quickly and easily integrated into the existing residential construction plan.

Structural Design and Residential Construction: From the Home-owner’s Point of View

Every homeowner wants a quality home that does not drain his or her bank account. Having realistic expectations about the structural design of a residence in relation to budget set for the residential construction helps reduce the stress level for the homeowner.

A structural analysis software program helps the consumer plan out the details of the structural design and evaluates the cost effectiveness of such a plan. Having a detailed residential construction plan also aids the homeowner in setting a realistic budge for the project.

A structural analysis software program helps eliminate problems in the structural design of the home and thereby reduces the cost of construction by eliminating the need for alterations during the construction phase.

Structural design and residential construction are completed more quickly and smoothly when the homeowners or building contractors decide to use a structural analysis software program.


Energy Efficient House Design: Energy and Cost Savings Together

September 26, 2012
Becoming more cost effective isn’t just for those of us who want to preserve the surroundings. Being cost effective can really help your pockets. Whether it’s something as big as setting up residential solar sections, or something as little as switching off the lighting, you have a number of ways to save energy. There are many actions you can take to help your house be more cost effective. Some energy-efficient changes are one-time investment strategies and others can be done on a regular basis. Even if you only apply two or three of these changes you will be preserving energy, cash, and nature as well.

Adding new or additional insulating material for your roofs, basement and surfaces along with using climate strip protection to make sure your windows and gates are properly enclosed will avoid cold breezes and air leaking to keep warm air inside during the cold winter season. Metal window supports heat exchange very easily. Vinyl supports are much more resistant to warm exchange.

Retrofitting a home for energy-efficiency will cost your funds. However, it will require some effort on your part. You should start with a power review. First, do a simple visible examination to find the most apparent gaps, breaks between gates and door frames. These can be enclosed instantly and will often generate tremendous benefits.

Energy auditing experts provide a written review that details potential energy upgrades. The review includes suggestions for sealing cracks and metal gaps. They also suggest for additional insulating material in surfaces, roofs and ceilings. The audit also recommends insulating material for hot water lines from the hot water heaters to various taps in the house. Initiatives to close and fill duct that transportation hot and cold air from heating units and air conditioners is always mandatory.

In your pursuit to make your home energy efficient, you will also likely to seal wall switches and electric shops. They can be easily enclosed by installing small, inexpensive froth gaskets, which are available in local components shops and building supply shops. To closure a switch or electric socket, even on inside surfaces, remove the protect dish, then place the froth gasket and attach the protect dish back again. Larger gaps can be loaded with extendible foam, which comes in applying containers. Very large openings can also be fixed with backer rod as well.

Another energy-saving strategy is to add insulation material. As a concept, the older the house, the more insulation material you’ll need to add. Professional power auditors will likely suggest increasing insulation material to meet the requirements. Although such changes will increase the energy performance of the house and considerably reduce bills, owners go beyond the insulation material requirements in your home.

Summary: Energy audit recommends insulating material for hot water lines from the hot water heaters to various taps in the house. Initiatives to close and fill ducts that transportation hot and cold air from heating units and air conditioners; and alternative of old, ineffective equipment.

September 22, 2012
Green Architecture

REPL (Rudrabhishek Enterprises Private Limited) has been the biggest proponent of Green Initiatives
in Indian Real Estate Space. As a responsible corporate citizen, we always propose our clients to be a
part of Green Family by owning Eco-Friendly Houses.

We at REPL aim to provide our customers a whole-building approach in all key areas of human and
environmental health with natural ventilation and illumination, designed to work with exterior
environment. These advanced standards optimize thereby contributing to an excellent living and
working lifestyle.

Eco-friendly houses or greens houses are a type of home which is constructed using a smart design
to lessen the harm to the environment and the natural resources. Needing minimal maintenance,
such houses help residents live a healthy life by conserving energy and utilizing them properly. They
are built to follow myriad nature friendly norms, including the use of maximum solar power and
minimum possible carbon-emitting materials etc.

Green houses bring a range of benefits to the people as well to the environments in the long run.
The residents of such houses get the best of natural light and fresh air alongside recycling and
reusing wastes for maximum benefit.

The immediate and most tangible Benefits are:
Energy Savings:
Water Savings:

Intangible Benefits:
Excellent air quality
Excellent day lighting
Health & Wellbeing of the occupants
Conservation of scarce natural resources

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September 22, 2012
How to Save Your Cost of Construction
Construction of Home is always a complex task whether it is in planning phase or execution phase. At the time of the house construction there are many steps to be followed such as preparation of architectural drawings, structural drawings and obtaining approvals from concerned authorities etc. In most of the cases of home construction projects, the money runs out before the home is completed.  This happens because the home owners do not have a stage by stage cost estimate, idea of building materials, knowledge of technical aspects etc.Home owners must know the ways or techniques where they can save unnecessary cost while construction of their home. No one wants to pay more than necessary when building a home. These techniques apply in both the scenarios whether you construct a house in your own guidance or supervision or you have assigned a contractor to do the job. ApnaGhar shares various techniques or tips to save the cost of construction which keep your building budget within reason, without compromising on the home you want. These techniques includes complete schedule of construction, Detailed Bill of Quantity, Building Material Selection, Proper Planning of Architecture and Construction, Interior Designing, finishing etc.
  1. Proper Planning of Architecture & Construction:
    • Freeze out the requirement: This is the first stage of planning. Requirements of house have to be freezed before consulting an Architect. The requirement should be based on your need & necessities, comfort level, living standards and other values like Vaastu compliance etc. Then only Architects can suggest you various options with their feasibilities. Architects will also suggest you the latest concepts and trends which enhances your plans. Architects will also help in getting your plans submitted in local authorities.
    • Hire a Professional Architect: To make your venture a triumph it is vital you choose the correct architect for your job. Whether you will be doing a new build or going through extensive renovations of an existing building. The knowledge insight that a good architect will provide will more than pay for itself. Choosing The Right architect is no different than choosing every other contractor and the following tips could be used through the whole project. Most of us think, that Architecture consultancy fee is always an addition to the budget of building your dream home and are only necessary for bigger projects. But the truth is, architects are well worth the extra cost on building the project, because with thoughtful evaluation and design, they can meet — and often exceed — your expectations. In fact, depending on the size or complexity of the project, calling in an architect might be the only way to get the project off the ground, and to ensure your dream comes true and also, saves your cost of construction by 5% to 10%. APNAGHAR has professional team of Architects, Civil Engineers, Electrical & Plumbing Engineers and Vaastu Consultants. We are working on the projects throughout the world.
    • Get Complete Set of Drawings: Complete Set of Drawings include Architectural & Working Drawings, Structural Drawings, Plumbing Drawings, Electrical Drawings and detailed Bill of Quantity. In most of the cases home owners doesn’t know about all these drawings. They trust the architects or contractors whom they have hired for construction or planning. Complete set of drawings gives you a clear idea about technical aspects, space efficiency, energy efficiency, cost estimation, material estimation etc.
    • Get Detailed Bill of Quantity (Cost of Construction): Detailed construction cost estimate can save you thousands of rupees during construction. A detail cost estimate is a step by step calculation of the material and labour required to complete a construction project. This BOQ is prepared after analyzing the architectural, structural, elevation and other drawings of the building and has all details about the cost, material and labour involved in a project. From detail estimate you will get the information about all type of materials required for the work and the information about the actual quantity of all the materials required. You can use this knowledge to make agreement with the supplier in advance to avoid fluctuation in the market. If you do not know the estimated quantity of material required to build your home, the contractor may charge more amount to do the same work. With the detail estimate sheet you can cross check the quotation provided by the contractor.
    • Know the complete Construction Schedule: Knowing construction schedule is also an important job. Construction schedule should be realistic in time and based on present market availability of labour and materials, environmental conditions, soil conditions. Like in various part of India, people use to avoid the construction. Construction schedule should include all these factors, so that proper planning budget and time analysis can be done to avoid wastage and unnecessary cost.
    • Preparation of Budget: Money always plays the most important role, whether you are in construction phase or planning phase. Preparation of Budget include has two parts
      1. Sourcing of Funds: Sourcing of Funds will be done after getting detail bill of quantity. Because if you are looking of bank finance and loans, they need the Plans, detail of plot & BOQ.
      2. Allocation of Funds: allocation of funds has to be done as per construction schedule. Contractors and Architects can guide you in this part.
    • Find trusted Suppliers for Building Materials: A trusted supplier can deliver you the quality material and time, which saves your cost and time.
  1. Execution of Home construction project :
    • Get permission to build — The permitting process is different in every city. An experienced civil contractor or architect will help you out in this process, because they actually know how long the permitting process will take. Building bylaws and local authority rules varies and depends on location of plot. Different part of countries has their own laws and rules.
    • Hire a Contractor: Use only a certified general contractor. The experience of a well-qualified contractor is invaluable to the home-building process. In addition, seasoned professionals have established relationships with suppliers and subcontractors — something you cannot possibly hope to get without years of experience in the business. Choosing a building contractor is probably the most important decision you will make. Your builder will not only be responsible for building a high quality house that will last for years and years, but he will also be responsible for coming in on budget, getting the house built when you need it to move in and coordinating the multitudes of subcontractors it will take to get the job done. It should be stated at the outset, that most home contractors are dependable and trustworthy businessmen, however there are a few guidelines that you should follow to protect yourself and your investment.
    • Procurement of materialBuy low-maintenance building materials reduces the future cost and installation cost. Buying building materials depends on budget allocated for this and necessity of home owner. Home owner can decide the brand or quality of building material. The quantity can be decided on the basis of detailed bill of quantity or cost of construction. Some examples are vinyl siding and metal roofing. Even if they are somewhat more expensive at installation, they will pay for themselves in the long run as you won’t have to repair, replace, or repaint. If you really want ceramic tile or hardwood flooring but feel you can’t afford it right now, consider vinyl flooring. Vinyl makes a good underlayment, and the tile or wood can be installed right on top of it at a later date. 
    • Execution of Project: Monitor construction allowances as the home is being built to ensure you’re getting what you asked for (and are paying for). This includes decorative details as well as structural elements. If you and your builder agreed, for instance, that a particular brand of insulation would be installed, don’t accept a lesser brand — at least not without a cost adjustment. 
    • Procurement of Necessary Items: Buy now-install later — Purchase as many lead-time components as possible, once you have completed your development planning, including your permitting. You can save eight percent to 10 percent on such items as hardware, plumbing fixtures, specialty lighting, trim and millwork, carpeting and other items. By buying these components directly from the manufacturer, you avoid the cost of mark-ups from the subcontractor and vendors. Have the items shipped and stored on site or in a nearby warehouse so they are easily accessible when needed.
    • Focus Safety & Security if House First: Splurge only on those things you truly cannot live without. However, don’t skimp on structural components or doors and windows — for the safety and security of your home, you’ll want to purchase the best you can afford in these areas.
At the time of the house construction there are many steps to be followed such as preparation of architectural drawings, structural drawings and obtaining approvals from concerned authorities etc. After doing all these exercises when we start construction work then we have to work on the preparation of budget, procurement of material and hiring the contractor etc and these processes can be simplified if you have a detailed construction cost estimate.
A good planning along with these detailed cost estimates can save you up to 10% of the construction cost of your home/office or factory.
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