[BOB Mid 2012 new products - Checklist]
Dealing With a New Product for the First Time
Elsewhere in this publication there is reference to the need to identify risks so you are better prepared to deal with possible problems.
One significant risk in construction, however, is dealing with a new product or material for the first time. Let's look at a method and process for dealing with labour and material requirements associated with new products at the two critical times.
Pricing New Products
Pricing of the project stage will be the first time you identify a new product and the first thing you do is to look at the details on the drawings and specifications and Google search to see what technical resources and installation details are available (you DO use Google, don’t you?).
Having done your homework and assuming you are the one installing it, the key points to determine are:
Is this product:
provided with local or overseas technical support?
simply a change to an existing one?
While risk can be loosely interpreted as ‘relinquishing responsibility’ or ‘passing the buck’ one of the keys to being a LBP [Licensed Building Practitioner] is to maintain best practice procedures by identifying and realising your own limitations. Having realised your limitations, the solutions is simply to use specialists for installing products you have problems with.
Having determined that you have the knowledge and skills to install the new product, your costing system should have covered adequate labour for its installation and included all necessary material and supplementary fittings and fixtures.
Installation On Site
The second time you encounter this new product is when ordering and installing on site.
The type of questions and issues you should be raising at this stage about this new product and who is doing the work include: