Becoming a House Builder

The builder. It is his responsibility to transform the plans into a house. A profession of listening and rigor, in full professionalization and always getting the job done right. These are the keys to success.

What is the job?

man working hardIn practice, the home builder is the one who fits into the framework of the contract for the construction of a house. In particular, he must provide a delivery guarantee at agreed prices and deadlines. Some professionals take the form of building companies that build their own buildings, while others use subcontractors? which they are responsible for. Be that as it may, the builder’s role is to build homes that meet the needs and tastes of his clients.

It can propose catalog or custom houses, according to the desiderata … and the budget. If its mission is above all to build, it can expand, developing services helping, in search of a land, designing the plans of the house and applying for a building permit. He is an essential interlocutor, and his listening skills and respect for the client are therefore very important.

Types of Builders

Loft Converters

These are the highest paid builders. Especially the ones that work in posh areas. This home building company (SW18, Loft Conversions in Wandsworth – 10 Year Warranty!) services Wandsworth and probably makes a lot of money for their work.

Bathroom Renovators

There is still money to be made by renovating bathrooms but they don’t make nearly as much as the others.

Evolution of Building

Like everything related to the act of building, the job is changing rapidly today. The profession becomes professional with the accumulation of binding regulations and, if some manufacturers were not always very competent, they become so. In addition, manufacturers offer products that are increasingly sophisticated and efficient, and the best-established manufacturers have research and development services. So many extensions that offer new employment opportunities.

Professional words

Builders are builders of construction because they must bring together many legal, financial, management and business management regulations. To be a good builder, you must also have the respect of the customer, the regulations, and the law. We still see too many builders flout it. This is an exciting job because you have to play a consulting role, to try to understand the way our customers live.


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.


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!


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.