Finances when building a house

Know the prices to borrowing money well. Calculating your overall budget gives you another advantage: you’ll get your home loan more easily. By knowing at your fingertips all the expenses to be incurred in the short, medium along-termerm, you show the bank that you are well aware of the costs incurred by the construction of a new house.

Credit for construction

You will respect one of the basic rules to obtain good credit: to present a reliable profile, knowing that the financial institutions, to grant a loan, seek a maximum of security to limit the risks of unpaid. Better: the stronger your profile, the more likely you are to get a discount on the rate of your loan. This is important so take this to heart.

Make plans

Secure your construction project. To remember nothing, draw up specifications. You will find a list of all budget items in the house. You can proceed by chapters: land, house, credit, landscaping, garden, etc. And you will encrypt them. This file is designed to make your job easier since it details all the points to be taken into account.

Be informed about the new house. These steps will allow you to obtain a lot of information on land, construction technique, construction contract, real estate credit or guarantees. Enough to feed your discussions with builders, architects, bankers, land sellers, notary and financial institutions. In short, calculate the price of your home before you start, it is to bet on the security and to act as an informed consumer!


3 Reasons why a construction manager is important

There is no doubt that a construction manager plays a key role in the completion of a project. However, some project owners think it is an easy task to manage a project on their own, and they end up ruining everything. Here are three reasons why you should hire a qualified construction manager.

  1. Project management planning

It is true that the success of a project depends on effective planning. In this regard, the project manager offers the essential service of planning the whole construction project and outlining all the tasks that have to be performed and the timeline for their completion. Such planning is essential for budgeting and timely access to resources needed for the project. In the course of the implementation stage, the manager guides all the workers and also ensures that the works meet the required standards, and all this is crucial.

  1. Cost Management

It is also true that the success of a construction project relies on the capability to manage costs. In order to maintain the project’s budgeted costs, a construction manager should be appointed. A qualified manager will be instrumental in establishing mitigation strategies where the costs seem to be fluctuating.

  1. Safety Management

Owing to the heavy machinery and sharp objects which are synonymous with construction sites, the sites can be unsafe with numerous safety risks. For this reason, the sites need to be under the control of a manager who understands safety measures and how to implement them. Therefore, the construction manager will ensure that statutory safety measures are in place thus leading to successful project implementation.


Best Practices for construction safety

Hardly a month goes by without a construction site accident occurring, some of which are fatal. Perhaps this is why some people consider construction as one of the most dangerous jobs. The good news is that employers and employees can adopt a number of practices to mitigate the occurrence of safety hazards. Here are some of the key measures Continue reading


3 most violated laws for construction in the UK

Despite the construction regulations, a number of contractors have gone ahead to violate those regulations. Violations happen in various spheres, but the three most violated construction laws are: Continue reading


History of blinds

A blind is a movable curtain, made of aluminum, fabric or wood, equipping an interior and exterior window. It is maneuvered by hand, or under the action of a mechanism (cord, chain, crank, motor, etc …), from top to bottom or horizontally.

The function of the awning is different according to its position with respect to the window: inside, it is intended to tame the light, to make the darkness, to protect itself from the rays of the sun, or to cut the view with the outside. The main purpose of the awning is to protect itself from heat, sun and to reduce heat transfer inside a home.

When was the first blind created?

Historically, men have sought to protect themselves from the sun, or on the contrary, to take advantage of the light during the winter seasons to benefit from solar radiation. The first blinds would have appeared at the time of Ancient Egypt. Archaeologists have found engraved drawings of houses with reed blinds on which slaves poured water to moisten and cool the air entering the room. It has also been discovered that the Chinese, in the days of Imperial China, made blinds made of woven bamboo stems.

Venetians were known to be traders who traveled around the world to stock or sell goods. During their travels in Persia, they discovered this blind, imported it to Venice for their personal comfort, but also to market it.

The history of Venetian blinds, symbolizing Venetian comfort and refinement (from Venice), was later imported to France, renamed “persiennes”.

But it is in the United States that the Venetian blind becomes popular and unavoidable.

Imported in 1767 by an Englishman, John Webster, it was then industrialized in 1841, thanks to John Hampson, inventor of the system of a synchronized orientation of the slats.

He really became one of the symbols of the American habitat after he equipped for the first time one of the famous skyscrapers New York. Indeed, in 1933, Rockefeller built the RCA Building (Radio Corporation of America) in the heart of the Rockefeller Center and the team of Venetian blinds associated with centralized air conditioning.


Conference Location

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is proud to have been selected to host the 11th International Building Performance Simulation Association Conference and Exhibition in 2009. Glasgow, Scotland’s largest City has a worldwide reputation as a welcoming city and is firmly established and experienced as a major centre for conferences and international events. For more information, visit www.seeglasgow.org.uk.

Conference Themes

The conference will be held on the University’s Glasgow City Centre Campus and will welcome simulation-based papers in the following themes:
advances in building physics
human aspects of the indoor environment
building services
commissioning and operation
energy capture and conversion
advances in applications
validation and calibration
software issues
simulation in design practice
regulation/code compliance
application day case studies
This web site is being regularly updated, so bookmark it for the latest news on BS2009. We look forward to welcoming you in Glasgow!


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ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: On-line registration was closed at 12:00 on 23rd July, but you can register at the conference registration desk either Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 or on Monday morning from 8:30 onwards. If you only want to register for the Applications day, the registration desk will be open on Wednesday morning from 8:30. The registration desk will be in the John Anderson building at the University of Strathclyde. Details of location are available by [clicking here].

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME: a comprehensive booklet with all the conference details is now available to download (4MB). An smaller Excel spreadsheet (100 kB) with the basic conference prgramme is also available.

TRAINING COURSES: a series of software training courses (workshops) have been organised by software vendors. Check out the software workshops page for more details.