Online Companion: Estimating for Residential Construction

Related Links

Related Links are available to both instructors and students, and provide links to various associations, articles, manufacturers, and more to further knowledge on specific topics and the latest tools and techniques in the industry.

National Association of Home Builders provides information about the homebuilding industry together with education, books and publications for homebuilders.
http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx

BuilderCentral provides information for and about homebuilders.
http://www.buildercentral.com/

B4UBUILD.COM is a website for use by anyone involved with residential construction. Has information about the building process, house plans, construction contracts and much more.
http://www.b4ubuild.com/

Much information can also be obtained by using key words such as: Building Estimates, Home Plans and Value Analysis in Web Search Engines.

See the OSHA web site for information about construction safety
http://www.osha.gov/

There is lots of information on the web about digitizers --Tenlinks is one useful site.
http://www.tenlinks.com/Technology/Computers/HARDWARE/INPUT/DIGIT.HTM

For information about excavators and other construction equipment used-heavy-equipment-for-sale is an interesting site with lots of pictures.
http://used-heavy-equipment-for-sale.com/

Energy efficient construction details including: foundations; basements, walls, floors and framing.
http://www.nol.org/home/NEO/home_const/design_details.htm

Insulated Concrete Foundations
http://www.epsmolders.org/
http://www.eco-block.com/gallery2.htm

Article on choosing a basement wall system from Home Energy Magazine Online
http://hem.dis.anl.gov/eehem/99/990311.html

Carpentry Details
http://www.nol.org/home/NEO/home_const/design_details.htm

Parallam Beams
http://www.usglu-lam.com/products/parallambeams/
http://www.trusjoist.com/EngSite/index.cfm?categoryID=1

Engineered Joists
http://www.usglu-lam.com/products/ijoist/
http://www.trusjoist.com/EngSite/index.cfm?categoryID=1

National Concrete Masonry Association
http://www.ncma.org/

Taylor Concrete Products
http://www.taylorconcrete.com/default.asp

Brick Industry Association
http://www.brickinfo.org/

Western States Clay Products Association
http://www.brick-wscpa.org/

Architectural Engineering Information
http://www.aecinfo.com/index.html

Sto North America - Building Wrap - Vapor Barriers
http://www.stocorp.com/allweb.nsf/homeform

Owens Corning - Siding - Roofing - Insulation
http://www.owenscorning.com/index.asp

FloorBiz - Flooring
http://www.floorbiz.com/

Al's Home Improvement Center - Painting - Drywall - Insulation
http://alsnetbiz.com/homeimprovement/index.html

R. S. Means publish specialized estimating texts for Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical work
http://www.rsmeans.com/

Information on the latest estimating software can be obtained with keywords: Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical Estimating on your web search engine.

Occupational Health and Safety Administration
http://www.osha.gov/

Scaffolding Safety
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/

Masonry Scaffolding Information
http://www.masonrymagazine.com/8-02/scaffolding.html

Example of a New Home Warranty Program in Colorado
http://www.blueribbonhomewarranty.com/

For quick quotes on any type of construction work
http://www.get-a-quote.net/

General Information about Equipment Prices (Engineering New Record Web Page)
http://enr.construction.com

Use a Web Search Engine and key words: "equipment prices" to obtain vendor's prices new and used equipment. Example: Iron Planet of Pleasanton, California
http://www.ironplanet.com

Use a Web Search Engine such as "Ask Jeaves" to get information about measuring areas and volumes.
http://www.ask.com/

Bid Forms can be purchased from the Contractor's Group
http://www.thecontractorsgroup.com/form-bid-proposal.htm

United States Small Business Administration explains Surety Bonds.
http://www.sba.gov/financing/bonds/whatis.html

Information about Bidding Software can be obtained by entering the key words: Bidding Software into your internet search engine.

Lots of information on the web for remodeling contractors Remodeling Online is one example.
http://www.remodeling.hw.net/

Remodelers have their own association: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
http://www.nari.org/

Information about electronic tape measures can be obtained by entering the key words: electronic tape measures into your internet search engine.

Information about laser tape measures can be obtained by entering the key words: laser tape measures into your internet search engine.