27

Jan

You Got Problems? We Got Solutions!

Written By: Athena Seay

2020 was a doozy, to say the least!  Is it over yet? Covid-19, hurricanes, and wildfires caused a huge slow down in lumber production.  Key building materials, such as vinyl windows, roofing supplies, and appliances have also been affected in the supply chain.  The migration out of big cities has helped spur the real estate market to historically high prices and that has extended the lead times on new construction.  The more homes you build, the more these problems have impacted you!

Let’s take a closer look at the potential problems this has caused for you and how Performance Point can help:

 

Problems – Subcontractors and project managers are stretched thin due to high demand and Covid restrictions. Roofers, grading contractors, and landscaping companies have to complete projects in substandard conditions. 

Solution – Consider hiring a 3rd party company that inspects both the interior and exterior of a home to mark potential issues and risks involved long before the homeowner walks through. 

 

Problems – With increased productivity and labor restrictions, safety is compromised.

Solution – Consider working with a 3rd party safety company that will help keep you informed about what is happening on your sites and assist in building a safety culture.  This prevents accidents, and loss of time and money.

 

Problems – Insulation prices are on the rise, supply is short, and increasingly strict energy codes demand more insulation. 

Solution – Save money without losing time by hiring professional engineers and/or Energy Raters to avoid having to re-insulate homes to meet new codes. These professionals can leverage your energy codes performance-based alternative compliance methods for deeper savings. 

 

Problems – HVAC companies have more homes to do with less support forcing design decisions to the field impacting consistency and quality. 

Solution – A 3rd party HVAC designer can improve the workflow giving you a quicker turnaround and more consistency.  A 3rd party inspector can also perform visual inspections before sheetrock is hung to ensure designs are implemented properly and test for duct tightness after mechanical trim to be sure comfort can be delivered effectively.

 

Problems – Sewer lines back up after closings resulting in costly repairs, unnecessary additional demand on skilled labor, and of course, warranty costs months after the owner takes possession.  The same can happen with foundation drain extensions and downspout extensions.

Solution – Hire a 3rd party inspector or plumbing company to run a camera down the drain line to inspect for clogs or other issues prior to closing. This low-cost service prevents headaches before they begin. 

 

Performance Point is here to be your 3rd party-building inspections contractor!  We offer Quality Inspections, Safety Inspections, Drain Inspections, professional HERS and Energy ratings, HVAC design, Air sealing, and more!  

 

Call us BEFORE your problems begin. 

 

“Partnering with Performance Point to create a safety program under our changing budget constraints has influenced our cultural values for safety. Through their vision we have seen less injuries and increased productivity – quantity means quality!” Logan Kubik, Purchasing Manager – DR Horton Columbia, SC

“Performance Point offers a standard QI process across our city.  Having them come in as an outside party and resource to assure all homes are still being built to the same consistent quality standards during this time has been very beneficial.  It’s like having an extra set of eyes on all our homes to assure quality standards are being met prior to homeowner orientations.” Joe Walston, Director of Purchasing – DR Horton Charlotte, NC

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05

Oct

What has Performance Point learned about COVID 19?

Written By: John Jeppesen

Who knew a microscopic bug would bring the world to its knees? It has devastated everything…how we interact, how we shop, how we work, how we worship, how we play, how we go to school, and most importantly what we are doing about it. And finally, toilet paper is now back on the shelves.

It shut everything down a couple of months ago. Businesses were shuttered, many permanently, costing millions their jobs and livelihoods. Dark days indeed. The good news is our country is slowly and deliberately coming back. Knee jerk reactions could set the progress back to zero if we’re not careful.

The workplace is drastically different. Morning drive times instead of being miles in a car are now a short walk from the kitchen to the home office. Anybody with the foresight to buy Zoom stock is now cashing in big time. Parents with school-age kids may have to share some of their space and time homeschooling their children. It’s a brave new world these days.

So this is what we at Performance Point have been doing. Sam Galphin, the Performance Point president offers some of his insights

“The company has felt the stress of the pandemic, Galphin says: “The biggest stressors for our employees vary depending on if they have kids at home.  For employees with kids who are doing virtual school (as opposed to in-person school) managing schooling at home and childcare is probably their biggest COVID-related stress.  For employees without kids at home, I understand that social isolation has been difficult.  At this point, many people are venturing out into social settings or getting together in small groups in their homes where they can keep a safe distance or be outdoors so that helps alleviate some of the stress from social isolation.”

While some companies were blindsided, Performance was naturally ready for the “new normal.” “We were actually ready for COVID without needing to put special measures into place,” Galphin notes.  “Performance Point has operated with a paperless and distributed workforce since opening the doors in 2008.  It was easy for our office staff to work from home because most of us already did operate from home 1-2 days a week.  We have a large group of office staff that only come into the office once or twice a year; that kind of flexibility has always been a benefit to our office people.  At the very beginning of the pandemic, we did decide to continue operating a minimal staff from the office to help with some tasks that benefit from the physical presence of teammates such as our scheduling/dispatching people.  Our customers benefit from our decision to operate in this way because it allows a real-time response to customer communication.  For example, one person can look up the details on an unpaid invoice while the other person is talking to the customer and scheduling their job – we can give the scheduled date of the job they called in before they are off the phone as opposed to going back and forth.”

The field staff has also adapted. “Our field staff work independently for the most part.  The timing of our inspections on homes requires we are not in a house with other trades working as it is so that never really changed field operations.  We have had to reschedule jobs if other trades are working in the house when we arrive to prevent exposure to COVID, but in many cases, we would have had to reschedule those for other job-related reasons.”

Performance Point has learned a couple of lessons in the process says Galphin: “First, this whole situation has reinforced the understanding that we are all in this (life) together and we as individuals hold the power and responsibility to make our world better or worse.  We can choose to use our individual freedoms and resources to impact climate change, economic opportunity, and COVID for the good or for the worse.  The government isn’t or can’t ever do as much as the people acting for the good of each other.  Taxing and distributing wealth will never be as effective as people giving to the deacon fund at a local church where it can go directly to helping those in need in their local community.  The problem is that people don’t often act in a way that is best for everyone so the government has to do something.

Second, I learned we apparently work at the pleasure of our local government.  I think it is an unfortunate situation when our state and local officials have to force businesses to close for a period of time or at least force them to change their operations.  I’m not suggesting this step was not necessary, it probably was, but I would have preferred to see companies and business owners be proactive and change their operations so the government would not have a need to shut people down for weeks at a time.  I do think some research-based guidance to affected small businesses would have been helpful to prevent a mass shut down as we saw in some places.”