The Application of Modern Offsite Buildings

Offsite construction is helping to meet the quality and cost requirements of a variety of modern buildings. Innovation within offsite construction means it is now possible to offer greater flexibility in the design of modular buildings than ever before. The offsite sector has been able to do this by introducing modern hybrid systems that offer all the advantages of conventionally built structures, but with the speed and quality of offsite construction systems. The beauty of these buildings is that they are permanent and are guaranteed to last as long as you would expect a traditionally-built structure.

One of the most significant advances in the design of such buildings has been the introduction of corner-loaded modules, which greatly increase the scope for design. These systems can also generate significant cost savings on site and throughout the lifetime of a building.

Corner loaded modules allow for the construction of more visually engaging buildings with, for example, full height glass walls. Glazed walls are now possible because of the advances we have made in panel bracing, which means that the systems can be engineered into different structural members contained within the module.

Technical developments such as these mean that offsite buildings now offer much greater design flexibility. For example, by choosing an offsite corner-loaded system, units can be supplied either fully serviced – and with watertight exterior cladding – and ready to be craned into position, or as flat pack panels where there is a site access issue, which are easily assembled and finished on site.

Hybrid offsite systems are based around a steel frame, which provides greater architectural freedom in an economical and space-efficient building. The steel frame system allows the building designer to literally break out of the box and specify modules that are non-rectangular in design or have internal atria or balconies.

For clients, this means offsite buildings are indistinguishable from traditionally-built structures. These hybrid systems also allow for full height glazed walls to be incorporated into the design – a feature that is becoming very popular in domestic and commercial buildings, as building designers look to maximise the benefits of natural daylight, for health and well being benefits.

There are other advantages of corner loaded offsite systems, such as the savings that can be made on foundation materials and therefore cost. The use of fewer foundation materials, which tend to have high embodied energy content, also results in a building with a smaller carbon footprint and that leads to significant benefits in terms of sustainability.

Many customers are looking for a seamless link with an existing traditionally-built structures. This means having to create a visual match externally, along with ensuring that internal floor heights are the same. In response to this, we adapted our corner loaded system so that floor levels could be set at any height required to suit existing floor levels, avoiding any unnecessary steps or slopes.

Exterior finishes are an important part of any offsite building and help to establish the character and context within local surroundings. The options for modular buildings are the same as those for any other type of building system, ranging from brick and cedar cladding to lightweight aggregate panels that provide variety and interest in colour and texture.

On some projects, customers are recognising that the exterior render of the modular building could be refurbished relatively easily and cost-effectively, providing a completely different, updated look to the building, whilst enhancing its performance.

A key consideration is whether to match the aesthetics of adjacent buildings. Externally, conjoined buildings can be matched by re-rendering – making the new extension indistinguishable from the traditionally-built main structure. Our modular systems also provide the opportunity to replicate the predominant architectural features in the immediate surroundings, or to go for contrast, for example, aluminium cladding or glass feature walls.

And it is not just the exterior of the building where innovation in offsite systems has been made. Effective interior planning is essential to establish a functional and pleasant environment in which to teach, learn or work. Modern hybrid offsite techniques allow for features such as vaulted ceilings and roof-lights, which are now often incorporated to deliver the feeling of space and to gain all the benefits of natural daylight. In a similar way, movable partitions in selected areas can provide the flexibility to change the interior space to meet different room sizes and to suit a variety of uses.

A recent project to use this type of construction is Lewisham Hospital, in association with Kier London. The design for a new Outpatients’ Suite at the hospital incorporated the Unitrex system to create a double storey permanent building, as part of an overall £12m investment to extend and refurbish the hospital.

A Government survey found that hospital buildings had some of the highest average Carbon Dioxide emissions and, as a result of this, the health sector is looking for ways to improve its energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

As it serves a large population in the London Borough of Lewisham and surrounding areas, this busy hospital has restricted site access, which meant that all deliveries had to carefully planned and agreed in advance with the client.

Due to the hospital providing Emergency Department services, this meant it was vital to have clear access at all times to these essential areas and therefore extra care had to be taken to ensure normal operations were not affected.

For the Outpatients’ Suite, which links onto the main hospital building, it was also important that it was completed within a very short timeframe, as the work was scheduled in phases. This meant that as soon as the Outpatient Suite was handed over, it could be occupied by other services, including children’s and adult outpatient services.

Design and build Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust was looking for a non-standard width for the new Outpatients’ Suite, which was perfectly within modular building’s capabilities due to the bespoke nature of its service. The design of the Outpatient Suite incorporated timber and steel, with wall panels throughout. There is also a three storey circulation tower, which links the new and existing buildings. The tower is built with a concrete roof and floors and is designed so that hospital staff and patients can easily move between the existing and new building at all three levels, providing greater convenience. One of the requirements of the building was to ensure that there was no reverberation between the floors adjacent to the corridors, which meant reinforced floors were provided to reduce any sound or vibration.

The building has been designed to achieve BREEAM Very Good and therefore meets all the requirements for air tightness, improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint. The architect provided an A-rated specification for all building components, as part of achieving the project’s environmental requirements. A very visible display of the building’s green credentials is that it incorporated a sustainable sedum roof, which will provide a haven for grass and plants to flourish, as part of reducing the building’s carbon footprint. As well as being of great environmental benefit, there were also aesthetic reasons for doing this as the three storey building will be overlooked by a nearby seven storey hospital ward, improving the outlook for patients.

It was important on this project to ensure that the new building complemented the style of the existing hospital. This meant that cladding was selected to match the finish of the existing structure, which makes it virtually indistinguishable from the main building. Therefore Microrib cladding was specified in metallic silver, which matched the modern external façade of the existing hospital building that it joined. To enhance its aesthetics, the ceiling of the Outpatient Suite featured a light well – again a distinctive architectural feature.

The design of the internals was carefully planned too, down to the detail of the integrated plumbing system, which was included with a frame assembly to avoid the need for site studding. This was part of the hospital’s requirement, as it speeds up installation on site in order to meet the rigid build schedule.

Modern offsite systems, like the one used at Lewisham Hospital, also offer the potential to achieve the very highest ‘A’ rated energy performance, by optimising insulation and energy performance. With traditional building methods, it is more difficult to meet such high performance, without, for example, incorporating extra wide cavities to accommodate more insulation and then there is the issue of achieving adequate airtight seals. This can come about because of a lack of a joined up approach between, say, the roofing and façade contractor, which can result in a poor air tight seal between these two critical building elements and therefore lower thermal performance. Offsite construction systems overcome this problem because the elements are pre-fabricated in quality assured production facilities, which ensures an excellent air tight seal site.

Summary Research has shown that the return on investment of an offsite constructed building has proven to be significantly greater than that of a traditional build. This is clearly demonstrating how offsite construction meets the needs of the health sector in many ways and not least due to the excellent lifetime values of buildings. Lewisham Hospital’s outpatient’s suite is a very good example of offsite construction working really well to meet both the building performance requirements and site access restrictions.

Offsite construction is becoming a popular choice in the health sector, due to the fact that it can deliver permanent, high performance buildings, working within the constraints of short timeframes and the restrictions associated with access to site. However, due to major innovations in design and the development of hybrid systems, this means that non-standard units can be produced and sustainable technologies can be integrated into the design. This also helps to enhance a building’s BREEAM rating.

With the current requirements for good value, high performance buildings, offsite construction is rising to the challenge to meet modern building needs. Innovation within offsite construction means design is no longer restricted and offsite construction can help the buildings of the future to meet all requirements for performance, design, scheduling and cost.

Modular Buildings – Why They Are Such a Good Alternative to Traditional Buildings

The phrase “Modular” can suggest several different things depending on the way it is actually employed When we utilize the phrase modular we will need to make certain its in the proper context, within this situation we are referring to modular houses The expression modular implies that components can be fitted with each other to be able to make a bigger construction

In the development sector this describes a different method of producing extra room compared to conventional method of on-site building Modular office buildings, health care clinics, church buildings, school rooms, or any other type of building are made in pieces in a quality managed setting devoid of the impact associated with climate, both of which can have a serious effect on time and expense on any given project.

Transportable and modular structures cover a really large remit, this includes everything from building site housing blocks to multi-storey structures. A few will have an external brick skin that tends to make these tough to spot from conventional properties to the random person.

Due to the flexibility, rate of production and reliability this type of construction is getting more and more popular over the traditional building techniques.

Modular structures satisfy just about all permanent building requirements. The difference is that modular structures tend to be constructed in a manufacturing plant, therefore the quality can be precisely managed and sent to site ready for a speedy installation.

When you are buying a building, it can be finished up to 50% faster as compared to a traditionally built one. Hired buildings may be shipped out of stock.

For any building application

A modular building can be used for almost any application from home office, troop accommodation, lavatories and shower blocks.

What are the benefits to modular structures

Speed, many modular building providers will have a inventory of second hand modular structures able to be provided.

Reduced time period for completion of building infrastructure – Building development takes place in unison with site prep, minimizing completion time up to 50%.

Large price savings can be made through deciding on a modular building design.

Budgeting versatility

Buying options incorporate renting, rent to own, or buy providing customers the option of operating cost or capital budget overlay.

A modular construction can be added to, remodelled without the presence of significant expense commonly connected with construction work. One of the major benefits often is the capability to relocate the whole building lock stock and barrel to an alternative location. Exteriors may be created to fit different regional requirements.

When developing a new house inside a domestic location you’ll need to be responsive to the environmental noise aspect, with modular properties this can be kept as low as possible.

A prefabricated building can be re purposed as well as moved without a lot of hassle.

Its a truly hassle free solution a modular building company will take care of the design, delivery and set-up on time and on budget.

Lets expand around the benefits associated with modular buildings

Inexpensive

• The Price of a modular design is not as likely to deviate noticeably within a construction compared with an old-fashioned construction

• As modular space is built from a strict plan, there are less changes needed during the erection process.

The build process

• Value for money the, way the building is constructed leaves very little room for wastage.

• People report that the buying experience is much less stressful and very orderly

Fast, efficient

• A complex project can be done in a little over 3 months

• You can save a lot of time by having the site readied while the modular building is being constructed in the factory

• Speed of building means you will see a return quicker

• Getting building permission is a lot quicker for prefab buildings

• Project scheduling is established at the time of order and is updated frequently

to sum up in a few words a modular building is by far superior to brick built building in almost every way.

Lease Option Real Estate Investing: Advantages and Disadvantages

One creative way to get started investing in real estate is to use a lease option. The biggest advantage of using lease options to invest in real estate is –control. This method of investing, basically gives the investor the right to possess — be in control of — and profit from a property without owning it.

A real estate lease option contract is a combination of two documents.

The lease part of the contract is where the owner agrees to let you lease their property, while you pay them rent for a stated period of time. During the lease period, the owner can not raise the rent, rent it to anyone else, or sell the property to anyone else.

The option part of the contract represents the right you purchased to buy the property in the future, for a specific price. If you decide to exercise your option to buy, the owner has to sell it to you at the negotiated price. The option part of the contract obligates the seller to sell to you during the option period — but it does not obligate you to buy. You are only obligated to make rental payments as agreed during the lease period.

When the lease option contract is written and structured properly, it can provide tremendous benefits and advantages to the investor. If the lease option includes the “right to sub-lease”, the investor can generate a positive cash flow by renting the property to a tenant for the duration of his lease, or lease option the property to a tenant-buyer for positive cash flow and future profits. If the lease option includes a “right of assignment” the investor could assign the contract to another buyer for a quick profit.

Lease option real estate investing, is a flexible, low risk, highly leveraged method of investing that can be implemented with little to no money.

High Leverage

It is highly leveraged because you are able to gain control of a property and profit from it now–even though you don’t own it yet. The fact that you don’t own it, also limits your personal liability and personal responsibility. Only if you decide to purchase the property by exercising your “option to buy”, would you take title to the property.

Little to no money

The real estate investor’s cost to implement a lease option contract with the owner requires little to no money out of pocket, because it is entirely negotiable between investor and owner. Also, there are a variety of ways the option fee can be structured. It can be structured on an installment plan, balloon payment or other agreeable arrangement between both parties. The option fee can even be as little as $1.00.

In order to secure the property for purchase at a later date, tenant-buyers typically pay a non-refundable option fee of approximately 2%-5% of the negotiated future purchase price to the seller. Depending on how the lease option agreement is written and structured, the investor could possibly use the tenant-buyer’s option fee money to pay any option fee owed to the owner.

Flexible

Lease option real estate investing is a flexible method of investing because the terms of the agreement, like payment amounts, payment dates, installments, interest rate, interest only payment, balloon payments, purchase price and other terms are all negotiated between seller and buyer. Responsibilities of both parties are also negotiable. For instance, if the investor doesn’t want to act in the capacity of a landlord, he could specify in the lease option agreement that tenant-buyer will be responsible for all minor maintenance and repairs and the original seller will remain responsible for any major repairs.

Financially Low Risk

It is low risk financially, because if the property fails to go up enough in value to make a profit, you have the purchased the right to change your mind and let the “option to buy” expire. Even if your tenant-buyer decides not to buy the property, you have profited by a positive monthly cash flow from the tenant-buyer’s rent payments, and upfront non-refundable option fee.

Let’s look at an example of a lease with option to buy structured in a way that the investor profits in 3 separate phases of the investment.

Profit #1: non-refundable option fee

Future sales price negotiated with the current owner is $125,000 with an option fee of 2% of the sales price. Option Fee you owe the owner is $2,500. The future sales price you set for your tenant-buyer is $155,000 and the option fee is 4% of the sales price. Option fee the tenant-buyer owes you is $6,200. You collect $6,200 from tenant-buyer and pay $2,500 to the owner and your profit = $3,700

Profit #2: monthly cash flow from rental payments

The Monthly rental payment you negotiated with the owner is $1,000. You set the monthly payment at $1,250 per month for your tenant-buyer. Each month you collect $1,250 from your tenant-buyer and pay the owner $1,000 each month. Your profit is $250 monthly positive cash flow during the lease period.

Profit #3: is set up when the lease option contract is initially written

The third profit is the difference in the negotiated future purchase price with the owner, and the future purchase price set for your tenant-buyer. Let’s say the property goes up in value to appraise for at least $155,000. Your tenant-buyer decides to exercise their option to buy. You buy the property from the owner at $125,000 and then sell it to your tenant-buyer for $155,000. $155,000 – the $125,000 you pay to the owner = $30,000 profit.

Of course the key to making lease option real estate investing work, is finding motivated sellers and buyers. Finding these motivated sellers and buyers shouldn’t be difficult. The continuing down turn in the real estate market, has created a large number of sellers who can’t sell their property and buyers who can’t get financing to buy. The seller could possibly get a fair offer to be paid in the future, by selling their property to a real estate investor on a lease option basis. A potential tenant-buyer could obtain home ownership, without having to qualify through traditional home loan guidelines.

One disadvantage of lease option real estate investing, involves the tenant or tenant-buyer possibly defaulting on monthly rental payments. This would make it necessary for the investor to come up with money out of pocket to pay the owner, and possibly have to proceed with eviction process. However, there are certain provisions that can made, and also various “contract clauses”, that can be included in the lease option agreement, to deter buyers from defaulting on payments.

If the investor fails to do “due diligence” before entering into a lease option agreement, he could end up with a property that is unmarketable. There could be a number of liens on it, issues involving ownership of the property or it might be in foreclosure. By diligently performing research before entering into a lease option agreement, the investor can avoid these mistakes. A few things the investor could do is– perform background and credit checks on both the seller and buyer, search public records in reference to ownership and property status, or do a title search.

Despite the few disadvantages, lease option real estate investing continues to be an excellent way to invest in real estate with little to no money and low financial risks. It also remains to be an excellent way to gain control of a property you don’t own, to generate cash flow now, and possible future profits on flexible terms.

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ITV Venture Business – Building AN ITV Venture Business the Easy Way

ITV Venture business is online based and deals with marketing health products through web and media broadcasting. ITV Venture business apart from using media, they incorporate celebrities to market their products. For people willing to venture in health related businesses, big opportunities lie with ITV ventures.

ITV Venture business have a well-maintained network for marketing their health products. They combine television and internet to have a wide scope of possible customers. Internet and television form dominant communication tools therefore anyone wishing to start an ITV Venture business should use these as the main avenues of reaching customers. By using ITV venture business networks to market products, one enjoys benefits of owning a website and having a superb business presentation.

Knowledge of creating a web site is not necessary as one can have an expert create the same. Creating a web site entails six basic steps that include selecting and registering a website domain name. The name should be a trade name thus should be relevant to the kind of business one is conducting. A trade name should market one’s online home business such as ITV Venture business. One should not register the domain name in free websites because free websites have many adverts, which discourage visitors from visiting one’s site. These adverts are responsible for slowing a page’s loading time.

Entrepreneurs intending to engage in ITV Venture business should learn to generate leads to their websites. It is also important to learn search engine optimization techniques if one is to get a large number of clients. Additionally, each web page must have a call to action that will entice the client into finding out more about the business. Lead generation aims at creation of sales openings for a company or a business such as ITV Venture business. Types of lead generation methods are direct emailing although this should only be done with the express permission of the recipient, seminars, blogs, broadcast adverts, public relations, trade show events and television marketing.

When engaging in online business, one should know how to blog. Blogging is where a section of web pages is included on the site that allows personal comments and conclusions. They are important when one is operating an online business such as ITV Venture business because one is able to directly gauge client satisfaction from feedback given. Critics and recommendations from clients are used to improve the quality of the online business

ITV Venture business does not require encourage warm market lists. Cold market listings are preferred because there is a wide scope of clients visiting your website. 3-way calls are also discouraged because the scope of people reached is very small. Use of hand out fliers is also discouraged in ITV Venture business it is less efficient in reaching potential clients. It is time consuming, demands a large work force and is uneconomical. To discover ITV Venture business building techniques and a free report titled, “How to Start Adding 5 Reps a Day” please visit www.SecretsToAddingReps.com.

Zen and the Art of Business Building

I make no claims of being a Zen master or, even, of knowing a lot about this branch of Buddhism. Yet, the lessons I’ve learned about business building so far seem to be remarkably compatible with my basic understanding of Zen philosophy — particularly the idea of “turning the eye inward”.

In the past, I constantly sought external answers about how to build a business. And while I learned and applied some very valuable information, I ended up feeling overwhelmed, stressed and, sometimes, out of alignment with the recommended tactics. After all, I was exclusively listening to business experts tell me what I must do and how to do it.

However, one day, within this maze of management and marketing theory and tactics, I experienced an awakening. This led me to look inside for spontaneous inspiration and to assess if the information I was receiving from external sources was true for me and consistent with my business vision and values.

Tuning into your own guidance is the most important habit you’ll develop as you build your business. It’s the hallmark of inspired business planning and underpins every step of the process. You’ll find it especially helpful for the fourth step: to determine the action steps associated with your business intentions, objectives and targets.

Accessing Your Own Guidance

One of my favourite Zen stories is “The Cup of Tea”. A professor visited a Zen master to inquire about Zen. The Zen master poured his guest a cup of tea until the cup was overflowing. The professor protested, “Enough — no more can go into the cup!” “Like this cup, you’re full of your own opinions and speculations” replied the Zen master, “How can I show you Zen if you don’t first empty your cup?”

With all the information you’ve been absorbing about how to build your business, you may find yourself in the same position as the professor. You may have a lot of information inside that has come to you from other people’s experiences with business building. But to determine what tactics are the “right” ones for you, you may need to empty your cup first.

In Zen Buddhism, seated meditation or “zazen” is a discipline practitioners use to calm the body and mind and experience insight. How can you quieten your body/mind and tap into your own wisdom and guidance? What practice or practices will help you to do this?

Discerning the Action Steps of Your Business Plan

There’s nothing inherently wrong with learning business principles and techniques from other people. In fact, as the chief executive officer and manager of your business, you may need to learn some new skills to help you operate your business successfully. However, your own inner wisdom will guide and inspire you in applying these principles and determining which business building tactics are right for you.

If you’ve completed the first three steps of inspired business planning, you’ve built the foundation of your business plan. In the first step, you articulated the higher purpose of your business; in step two, you set business intentions for the key areas of your business; and in step three, you established objectives and targets for each business intention. For step four, the action steps of your plan will emerge from the objectives and targets you’ve identified.

Building on the objectives/targets you’ve set for each key business area, allow these questions to stimulate your inner guidance to discern your right action steps:

Business Management and Administration

What steps can I take to create planning, financial and administrative systems that work well for my business?

Business Support

What steps can I take to get the support I need to grow my business?

Relationship Building With Your Target Market

What steps can I take to build a relationship with my target market in five different ways?

Service and Product Development

What steps can I take to develop services and products that meet my target market’s needs?

Promotion

What steps can I take to market these services and products in five different ways that feel authentic and heart-centered?

Financial Well-Being

What steps can I take to allow financial flow in my business?

Consider using mind mapping when you answer these questions to engage both your left and right brain. And don’t worry if you only come up with one or two action steps for each category. If you begin with the next step that’s clear to you right now, your inspiration will guide you to subsequent steps over time. In the words of Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, just “smile, breathe and go slowly”.

Copyright 2008 Mary C. Davis