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June 21, 2014

Revolution in building is coming

NORMAN — The Lean building revolution is coming Sept. 11 at the 2014 Oklahoma Building Summit.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, the Building Summit is designed to provide insight into building techniques that will help all Oklahoma builders “build better, build smarter.”

The conference, will which will be at the Reed Center in Midwest City, kicks off with an opening address at 8:15 a.m. by keynote speaker Scott Sedam, president of TrueNorth Development, an internationally-known consulting and training firm focused exclusively on the building industry.

Sedam is an advocate of the Lean building processes developed by TrueNorth. The concept is designed to eliminate waste in the building process, save dollars for builders and add value to the builder’s product. He has consulted with more than 150 home builders throughout North America, and his presentations are a popular feature at industry conferences.

Home builders who embrace the Lean building philosophy can save a minimum of $10,000 in construction costs on the average $250,000 home built in the United States, Sedam said. The savings are realized through better coordination and communication between builders, suppliers and trade professionals. This eliminates extra trips to purchase unexpected materials, and fewer materials are discarded or wasted in the process.

OSHBA President Todd Booze with Ideal Homes has embraced the philosophy of Lean building, which he said has its roots in the Lean manufacturing movement of the 1990s. He pointed to the relationship between builders who embrace the philosophy and the building trades that are employed during the construction process as an example of the Lean impact.

“Builders complain about trade shortages,” said Booze, who is also chair of the Summit committee. “The builders who are doing things right don’t have trade shortages. Because the trades know the builder has the processes in place that make it easier for him to do his job. It doesn’t matter if you build five homes a year or 500 homes a year.”

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