Tracking productivity has been a challenge for HVAC/sheet metal contractors who are characterized by a high degree of off-site work such as detailing and fabrication that is necessary to build a customer’s project. There are few industry standards related to tracking productivity for all facets of HVAC/sheet metal contractor operations – detailing, fabrication and installation – and because of that, it remains unclear what best practices in effectively tracking productivity apply to these design-driven contractors.
Traditionally, contractors have focused on tracking productivity in the field since it is often viewed as the most intensive and riskiest portion of the work. Labor costs typically account for anywhere from 30% to 70% of a project’s costs depending on the type of work being performed, so a small improvement in labor productivity can yield substantial increases in profitability. However, there is a growing recognition that productivity tracking for sheet metal contractors should encompass the entire lifecycle of a project from initial detailing through punch list.
Whether you’re new to the process of productivity tracking or looking to further refine an existing program, this New Horizons Foundation paper provides valuable insights.
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