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What Kind of Fuel Are You Using in Your Generator?

What Kind of Fuel Are You Using in Your Generator?

Almost all generators depend on four different types of fuel- gasoline, diesel/bio-diesel natural gas, or propane. Regardless of the size, there are advantages and disadvantages to each fuel source. Most small size portable generators run on gasoline, but a larger generator’s fuel source can vary.

Gasoline
Gasoline is a common fuel source for generators. It is easily obtained, convenient, and is ideal for increasing the portability of small generators. Unfortunately, gasoline is somewhat expensive and is highly flammable. This makes it a riskier fuel to store in larger quantities and it may not be available during power outages.

Diesel
If your unit relies on diesel fuel, then your generator just got less expensive to operate. Diesel uses about 7% less full consumption and is considerably cheaper than gasoline because consumers do not have to pay road tax. On the flip side, diesel engines do require a bit more maintenance with fuel filters.

Natural Gas
Natural gas powered generators are considered more eco-friendly as they are clean burning. This makes them more emission compliant. A more convenient fuel source, they are generally less expensive. However, one drawback is that they have about 30% less power output and a shorter life span.

Propane
Propane is yet another clean burning fuel for your generator and is easily tank stored. One disadvantage is that it can be just as expensive as gas and is not available in all areas.

 

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Owners Representative Services in Newton MA

Owners Representative Services in Newton MA

If you’re a construction project owner, how do you make sure that the team you hire has your best interests as their motivation? Do you need an advocate, an advisor, and an ally who is dedicated to making sure that your team is focused on what benefits you most?

As a leader in providing owners representative services in Newton MA, The Beacon Projects Group works hard to make sure that your desired outcomes are achieved. Unlike a general contractor or a construction manager, our owner’s representative is an extension of the project owner, solely representing your interests.

Working as your advocate, our owner’s representative helps you focus on your core business without having to deal with unnecessary distractions. Offering guidance through all of the lifecycles of your project, your interests will be protected at all times. Plus, our ability to estimate construction costs, analyze and negotiate contracts, and foresee any potential complications will save you both time and money.

Having the right team in place for your construction project is essential. In essence, the role of our owner’s representative is to make your job easier. With a proven system of checks and balances in place, we can make sure that every member of your team is productive and remains on-task.

Owner’s representative services help to make sure that your job is delivered on time and within budget without compromising on quality. At The Beacon Projects Group, we can customize our owner’s representative services to make sure that we meet your project needs with ease.

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Lien Waivers in CT

Lien Waivers in CT

Lien Waivers in CT – What is a Lien Waiver?

A lien is an attachment to your  property deed; it’s an instrument used by workmen and materialsmen to secure payment for work performed or materials supplied. It is similar to a mortgage in that your property is collateral.

When, why, and by whom is it filed?

A lien (also known as a mechanic’s lien) may be filed by a contractor, subcontractor, laborer, handyman, or materials supplier when payment by the owner has not been made in accordance with the contract. Typically, a lien must be filed within 90 days of the date work was last performed or materials delivered in Connecticut. Of key concern to the homeowner or developer is that even if you pay your general contractor (GC) in full and on time, whether a progress or final payment, if the GC doesn’t in turn pay all its subcontractors and suppliers, those subcontractors and suppliers may file a lien against your property and you may be forced to pay each of them, essentially paying twice for the same thing.

What to do? What is a waiver of lien?

A waiver of lien (also known as release of lien) in CT is a document signed by the GC, subcontractor, and/or supplier in which he/she waives his/her lien rights for work performed at or on behalf of the property in consideration for receiving payment. Waivers are typically submitted along with the requisition for payment and should match dollar-for-dollar the amount of the requisition and should be secured from the GC and each and every subcontractor and supplier whose work is being billed for in the requisition for payment. For example, if a requisition for payment is in the amount of $1,000 of which $200 is site work, $500 is foundations, and $300 is carpentry, waivers of lien should be secured in the following amounts: $1,000 from the GC, $200 from the site subcontractor, $500 from the foundation contractor, and $300 from the carpenter. Your architect, owner’s rep, project manager, or attorney should include in the contract for construction a provision requiring such waivers of lien.

Notarized certification?

Waivers of lien are typically notarized in Connecticut. This is important as it reduces the risk of a casual, unauthorized, or fraudulent signature, the consequences of which is the owner making payments without proper protections.

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Bid Leveling Construction Projects in CT

Bid Leveling Construction Projects in CT

Bid Leveling Construction Projects in CT is competitive bidding and one of the traditional ways that contractors and subcontractors are selected for construction projects in Connecticut. Bids are generally solicited from equally capable contractors based on a set of drawings and specifications prepared by an architect. Bid breakdowns by trade are generally required, for example, individual costs such as for site work and excavations, foundations, framing, roofing, electrical, etc. have to be identified as do the start and completion dates, among others. Comparing bids then requires careful analysis to determine which contractor’s services will be the best fit for your project.

Bid Tab Analysis and Bid Leveling in Connecticut

Bid tab analysis and bid leveling are two parts of the same bid comparison process.

1.  A bid tab analysis is a spreadsheet with a list of trades in the left column – site work and foundations, for example – and the costs each of the bidding contractors has for each of those trades in subsequent columns. For example, Sitework: Bidder A has $5,000, Bidder B has $5,200, Bidder C has $4,500, etc.; Foundations: Bidder A has $15,000, Bidder B has $15,200, Bidder C has $14,500, etc. The list of trades is expanded to include items such as general conditions (insurances and the like), unit prices, allowances, addenda, the lump-sum bid (if appropriate) and other project-specific items. The sum of each contractor’s trade costs, general conditions, and project-specific items should add up to its lump-sum bid price. If not, all the costs that contractor submitted have to be verified. Frequently, the contractors’ bids are not congruent and not directly comparable because of some caveat, exclusion, or issue that requires clarification.

2.  Bid leveling is that clarification. It identifies all items that are not included in each contractor’s bid. Clarifications that contractors subsequently submit are added to their respective list of costs. The totals for each contractor should then be, dollar-for-dollar, directly comparable. What’s left then is the evaluation of schedule and other project-specific conditions. It just may be that, for your project, the contractor with the best price might not be the best choice. Rather, the contractor with the best schedule might. And you have all the information to make that determination.

Selecting the Contractor(s) Best Suited to Your Project

Bid Leveling Construction Projects in CT by selecting contractors and subcontractors best suited for your building requires careful consideration. The Beacon Projects Group can assist you with that selection.

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Benefits of Construction Management in Boston MA

Benefits of Construction Management in Boston MA

At The Beacon Project Group, we know that large construction projects often have unique challenges. Because of this, we want to make it easier for our clients to navigate this complicated maze by offering many benefits of Construction Management in Boston MA.

The benefit of an independent team of professionals managing your construction project can’t be overstated. Acting as the owner’s eyes and ears, our construction managers will stay on top of quality control during each phase of your project. Our construction manager can also make sure that your project stays on schedule and within budget.

Benefits of Construction Management in Boston Include:

Resolving disputes. When a dispute arises, our construction management team can resolve your problems quickly. Our team is constantly monitoring the entire process to have firsthand knowledge of any problems that may arise.
Improved budgeting. Our construction managers in Boston are experts in scheduling and budgeting, having the ability to monitor any changes and act immediately. Any changes are immediately reflected, keeping your project on track and within budget.
Reduce costs. Savings include competitive bidding, value engineering, contract negotiation, and reduced change orders.

Our construction management in Boston is typically organized into two phases, preconstruction and construction. During preconstruction, we offer services like cost estimating, constructability reviews, risk management, preparation of bid packages, and other construction planning services. During the construction phase, we provide quality control inspections, project accounting, budget reporting, and contractor payments.
To learn more about the benefits of construction management in Boston, contact The Beacon Project Group today!

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Industrial Construction Management in Danbury CT

Industrial Construction Management in Danbury CT

At The Beacon Project Group, we offer industrial construction management in Danbury CT, keeping your construction project on time and on budget. We are committed to offering the finest construction management practices, providing our clients with healthy, safe, and economically viable projects. As industrial processes continue to become more complex, there is an increased need for construction managers that have the ability to understand and meet industry-specific requirements. We’re proud to partner with clients to looking to achieve maximum efficiency while lowering lifetime costs at their industrial facility.

 Benefits of Hiring The Beacon Projects Group for Industrial Construction Management in Danbury CT

Quality Control. In Danbury, industrial construction management is sure to provide your project with valuable benefits. Your designated construction manager has the ability to monitor quality control at each and every stage of your construction project. We will also make sure that an accurate timeline is established, making it easier for your project to adhere to your set schedule.
Dispute Resolution. If a dispute or conflict with a contractor or vendor arises, The Beacon Projects Group can identify and resolve any issue quickly and efficiently. Since we stay fully involved during every phase of industrial construction, we know about any disputes or problems that have arisen and have the ability to act quickly. In Danbury, our industrial construction manager will work hard to find a workable solution to minimize any negative effects to your budget or timeline.
Improved Budgeting. Our industrial construction managers are experts in budgeting and scheduling. Changes are immediately accounted for and reflected in the project budget to keep your project on track and within budget.

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Energy Audits in Norwalk CT

Energy Audits in Norwalk CT

By identifying and detecting energy loss at your home or business, you may enjoy significant savings on future energy bills. To identify modifications that can improve efficiency and reduce operating costs for your residential or commercial building, The Beacon Projects Group provides energy audits in Norwalk CT. By taking a few simple steps now, you’ll quickly learn how to maximize your home or business’ energy performance and efficiency.

Some of the services we provide during energy audits in Norwalk CT include:

  • Inspecting heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment
  • Reviewing energy bills to determine usage patterns and potential areas for savings
  • Identifying ways to increase your energy efficiency and improve ventilation

In addition to performing energy audits in Norwalk for existing building structures, we perform energy audits for new construction projects. Both residential and commercial builders can avoid and overcome energy code compliance issues with our sensible energy management strategies. We offer accurate analysis, testing, and consultation to improve energy efficiency and safety at building projects of any size or scope.

How Can You Benefit from Energy Audits in Norwalk CT?

Energy audits in Norwalk identify areas where energy losses are occurring at your commercial or residential property. These audits aim to reduce energy consumption, increase comfort of building residents, and identify any potential health or safety concerns. Energy audits also identify interior movement patterns of heat, air, and moisture.

Our energy audit professionals at The Beacon Projects Group are trained and certified in the building science behind energy loss in residential or commercial properties. We provide energy audits for existing buildings and new construction projects in Norwalk and other areas throughout the state.

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Benefits of Green Construction in Brookline MA

Benefits of Green Construction in Brookline MA

Benefits of Green Construction in Brookline, MA can be tremendous. Green construction refers to structures built with processes that are eco-friendly and resource-efficient. At The Beacon Projects Group, we believe that these sustainable buildings are not only good for the environment, but that they also provide economic benefits for developers, building owners, and occupants.

What are the Benefits of Green Construction in Brookline MA?

Sustainable buildings are designed and constructed to be energy-efficient, use less environmental resources, and are healthier to live in. Construction standards pay attention to water and energy efficiency, materials conservation, and improved air and water quality.

Economic benefits of green construction include:

• Reduced Operating Costs
• Improved Occupant Productivity
• Optimized Life-Cycle Economic Performance

Green construction also enhances occupant comfort and health, heightens aesthetic qualities, and improves overall quality of life

Green construction is no longer rare. From 2005 to 2012, the number of new green building designs jumped up by 39%. It is estimated that by 2015, as much as 48% of new non-residential building construction will be built “green”.

At The Beacon Projects Group, we have demonstrated experience in sustainable building practices in a variety of industries. Our strong commitment to environmentally conscious construction and business practices continues to set us apart. Plus, our experienced staff has LEED® Accredited Professionals, allowing us to provide outstanding leadership and guidance for projects of all sizes and scopes. LEED® is the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high performance sustainable buildings.

For more information about the benefits of green construction, contact The Beacon Projects Group today.

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CT Feasibility Schedules

CT Feasibility Schedules

CT Feasibility Schedules – The Importance of Feasibility Schedules and Studies for Construction in Connecticut

In any construction project, adhering to the budget is vital. Whether you’re building a home in Connecticut, or constructing a large-scale manufacturing plant, sticking to the budget is essential for many reasons. However, there are numerous things that can run your project costs far over budget. If required, feasibility schedules and studies need to be conducted to help cut costs, eliminate budgetary overruns and to provide alternatives to costly processes or materials. What is included in such a schedule?

Conducting a Full Analysis

Feasibility schedules should be based on an in-depth analysis of all aspects in your project. For instance, the site work must be fully analyzed, as must the foundations. The structure itself will require analysis if it is already erected, and the architecture, as well. Mechanical and electrical systems should be fully addressed, as well. Finally, any exterior enclosures and building finishes should also be studied.

Conducting a Budget Review

Your budget is the cornerstone of your project, so an evaluation of your budget should be made at the outset. This will help to determine feasibility to a considerable extent. In addition, a company providing feasibility schedules should also conduct an in-depth search to provide alternatives during the development phase – major construction items should be reviewed for cost and the availability of effective alternatives.

A feasibility study should also include a full setting of a final budget, once cost-cutting measures have been undertaken. This will help to establish a base on which to build final schedules for construction. Other considerations that should be undertaken by the firm include a full evaluation of lifecycle costs – energy requirements, maintenance costs for the final construction and capital required.

The Results

With the information provided by feasibility schedules and studies, you will be able to identify several key areas of interest. For instance, you will be able to key problems resulting in cost overruns, and take action to correct these. You will also be able to identify ways to offset most lifecycle costs, such as installing more energy-efficient materials, or even alternative systems that utilize a different energy source altogether.

It’s actually best to work with a Connecticut firm that offers feasibility schedules and studies in conjunction with other important services. For instance, project management and owner’s representation are important considerations here that can save you immense amounts of time and money, and can be provided by the same firm, as well.

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New Construction in Fairfield County

New Construction in Fairfield County

New Construction in Fairfield County – Tips for Staying on Budget

Since new construction in Fairfield County is a substantial undertaking, there are many things to think about before the first nail is pounded. First time home buyers often find that it’s quite difficult to stay within a set budget without due diligence. At The Beacon Projects Group, we’ve compiled some tips for staying on budget during new construction in Fairfield County.

• Before you begin the building process, create a plan and a budget. Be specific about the exact materials or appliances that you want to include in your home to make sure that you have enough money allocated for these items.
• Once your initial estimate has been created, put a contingency plan in place for any additional expenses that may arise. This way, you’ll be able to stay on budget even if extra expenses crop up.
• It’s unlikely that this new home will be the last one you will ever own. During new construction in Fairfield County, it’s important to keep this home’s potential resale value in mind. Are the features that you’re adding going to be appealing to potential buyers or add value?
• Make sure all contracts are in writing. This contract needs to clearly outline the specific items or services that you will be receiving during new construction. If the project ends up needing extra work, have the initial contract amended or have a new one created.
• Frequently visit the job site during construction. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to ask right away. If anything needs to be adjusted, it’s usually easier and less expensive to make changes before the project is completed. If you have an owner’s rep or construction manager overseeing your job, they will be on-hand to identify any potential issues.

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