Are Women Underrepresented In the Construction Industry?

The other day, I was reading an interesting book from the construction industry. It was written by a veteran of the industry who was a rather well accomplished lady who went back to teach construction management in college and got her PhD. Things have changed a lot in the construction industry, and nowadays it’s quite common to see women at the top of the food chain running these companies. Okay so let’s talk about this for second shall we?Back in the early 80s only about 7% of the people in the construction work were women, it was back then at least, predominantly a man’s game. Still on the construction management side of things it was about 13%. Today, the numbers have drastically changed, and although men still outnumber women the door is wide open and the numbers have now more than tripled. Some have said that women do better than men in management due to their ability to build positive business relationships, and on the construction work side their attention to detail seems to suit them extremely well for quick upward advancement.Let me recommend a very good book to you, where I had found this information; “Construction Management Jump Start – Construction Management Basics – The First Step toward a Career in Construction Management”, by Barbara J Jackson PhD, DBIA. Not only does she predict this trend to continue, she expects that there will be a day sometime in the future that there will actually be more women than men doing construction management.Personally, that wouldn’t surprise me, especially what I’ve seen with today’s woman entrepreneur charging ahead and leading the field of so many industry sectors. There will be of course the transition period, which we are going through now, where hardheaded men will have to give up their sexist perceptions and discriminatory thought processes. It appears that we’re getting over that hump right now. After all, it doesn’t take a construction worker who is a man working on very many projects being led by a woman with a favorable outcome to change his mind.These women today who are working in construction management are getting the job done, they’re doing it on time, and staying on budget, often better than the men, and that should be telling us something. Next time, you see a construction project don’t assume that there is a man in charge of it, it could very well be a woman, and she’s doing one hell of a job. Please consider all this and think on it.

Construction Cleaning Business

business of cleaning up for construction companies. There are two separate construction cleaning business’s you can look into. The first of course would be the outside cleanup after the house is completely finished.In that business you would be cleaning up all the wood, plastic, wire lathe, or the general mess that the contractors have left on the ground or in the garage. It’s not an easy job to undertake, but if you get in with a few builders you should always be able to stay busy and have money coming into your pocket.With cleaning of the outside you might want to look into purchasing a bobcat to pick up the bigger messes quicker then what you could do by hand. And also this would not be a good one person job if you have to do it by hand, get a buddy to go into business with you.Another construction cleaning business that you could get into is the cleaning of the inside of the house. This is basically like doing maid work for individuals, except a bit bigger of a job. You will have little pieces of carpet and trim left inside the house you’ll need to pick up. But in the long run you could make a good amount of money doing this. You’ll most likely have to bid to get in with a builder, but consider your bid before setting a price that is way too low, or too high.Either way you try and get into a construction cleaning business you will find that when construction is booming you will be so busy you might need to hire someone to help you. That is if you are doing the inside cleaning of the completed house. Remember if you’re cleaning up the outside, you’ll either need a bobcat or at least one other person with you to clean. But you can just plan the pay of the other person and not cut out on what your profit will be.This is a great choice for someone who is trying to set up themselves as a self-employed contractor. You’ll just need to go out and approach different builders, both big and small. Sometimes you may think going to a big builder isn’t worth it, but you never know until you ask. The bigger builder may not be happy with their current cleaning crew, or the crew may not be able to keep up with the builder and there are extra houses you will be able to pick up.And remember, no matter how you plan on going into the cleaning field, franchising is the best kept secret of the 21st Century!

Types of Building Materials to Use When Constructing Green Real Estate

The volume of supply on the Russian market of industrial (non-metallic) construction materials in 2010 was 302.31 million cubic meters. The volume of imports of non-metallic building materials was 7.85 million cubic meters, which was 2.3% of the total volume of the market. Exports were made in even smaller volumes – in general, only 0.23 million cubic meters of materials were exported, which was equal to about 0.1 % of the total market.The production of non-metallic construction materials in Russia in 2010 was mainly presented by production of crushed stone and gravel (55.8%) and silica sand (construction sand) – 38.3%. The other non-metallic construction materials, including porous fillers, had a combined share of 5.9%.The upward trend in the production of non-metallic construction materials, developed in recent years (growth rates: in 2007 – 120%, in 2008 – 106%) was replaced by a deep decline in the beginning of 2009. Throughout 2009, there was a sharp decline in the production. So, as a result of the crisis, in 2009, the production of industrial materials decreased by 36 percentage points as a whole – from 415,717.4 thousand cubic meters to 264,751 thousand cubic meters in real terms. After the bad results of 2010, there was an increase of 11% in the production of non-metallic building materials. However, the pre-crisis level was not reached.In total, in Russia there are more than 1,080 medium and large enterprises for the production of non-metallic building materials. Small businesses have difficulties entering the regional level, so their share in the total production is negligible. Typically, small businesses do not have equipment and technologies to produce quality products.In 2011, the leader of the production of industrial materials was the North-West Federal District, which produced 20% of the total production for the period of January-April. With a slight difference, the second place belongs to both the Central and the Ural Federal Districts, which produced 19% each of the total non-metallic construction materials in the Russian Federation.The main consumer of non-metallic building materials in Russia is the Central Federal District, largely due to the needs of the Moscow Region. The share of the Central Federal District in the total consumption of non-metallic materials has been 25% annually over the last few years. Only in 2009, it declined by 1%. Thus, following the forecasts and the results of 2011, the Central Federal District will have 25% as well, which means that 93,651 thousand cubic meters of non-metallic building materials will be delivered there for the needs of the construction.In total, 18.9 million tons of non-metallic building materials were imported to Russia in 2010. The biggest share of it belongs to granite crushed stone, so that 74% of all imported non-metallic building materials were crushed stone – imported in an amount of 14 million tons in 2010. The silica sand was imported in smaller amounts – 0.8 million tons, which was 4.6%. The other types of non-metallic building materials have a combined share of 21.4% of the total imports, made up mainly of other types of crushed stone.In total, the Russian Federation exported 433.15 tons of non-metallic building materials in 2010. Most of it was silica sand, whose share in the structure is 44.2% (191.29 thousand tons). The percentage of granite crushed stone is much lower – 22.26 thousand tons. More than a half of the exports belong to other types of crushed stone.The industrial non-metallic construction materials are always in high demand due to the active development of the construction industry in the Russian Federation. Among all users of non-metallic materials, it is possible to allocate three main sectors: construction and maintenance of roads; construction, maintenance and repair of railways; production of other construction materials and concrete.In the next few years is expected an increase in the consumption of non-metallic building materials by about 6-7%. The increase would be mainly due to road and railway construction. Further, the rates of increase of the consumption will be reduced and the annual growth will be about 5%. The most rapidly growing industry that consumes non-metallic building materials will be the road construction.You can find more information in the FULL REPORT: