I recently read an industry blog on constructioninformer.com which told about the lean construction movement. The blog detailed some of the strategies used to reduce construction and manpower waste, which ultimately saves time and money for customers on their project. Lean construction is all about “maximizing value and minimizing waste.” This is nothing new at Beatty’s Builders. We continually evaluate the way we do everything to refine and improve each step of the construction process. I worked to develop new strategies to improve our building techniques; strategies such as the e-3 wall system and Earthmesh pole are two innovations that save customers money while improving the strength of their buildings. I’ve worked to further reduce scrap on a project to little more than one barrel full.
The constructioninformer.com blog cited a study conducted in 2013 which showed that 55% of contractors think the construction industry is efficient if they have not learned about lean construction strategies. This inefficiency could easily add cost to any project. Doing business this way is bad – it’s bad for the customer and it’s bad for the environment as the extra waste must be disposed of somewhere. And it’s important to ask yourself if you want to pay more just because your contractor isn’t using lean construction techniques. One of the first steps listed to become more efficient through lean construction is communicating and collaborating with everyone, including the customer, involved in the project. This is an essential step and one that we’ve always practiced at Beatty’s Builders.