This page is the open source and free-shared Duplicable City Center construction materials costs page that will evolve with the open source project-launch blueprinting of the One Community Duplicable City Center. The goal of this page is to provide precise materials needs and costs for every component of the Duplicable City Center.
This page is specifically for the materials costs details of the Duplicable City Center. As part of our global transformation approach to Highest Good housing, our goal is to continuously update this page with resources to make duplicable city center construction-materials sourcing and acquisition as easy as possible.
The process of estimating the costs of any construction project involves a number of elements, with the two primary ones being the material costs and the other being the labor costs. In addition to these, there are the less tangible and more difficult to quantify, costs of project management, obtaining financing and escorting the project through the local development and permitting process.
The easiest costs to estimate accurately are the material costs because although they require accurately estimating quantities, the actual costs of the materials is fixed and available by the suppliers.
The labor costs are more difficult to estimate because there are more variables involved. The skill level, experience, and work ethic of each individual as well as the team dynamics will each have an impact on the productivity of the labor force and thus the overall costs of the labor portion of the project. The Duplicable City Center will be also be different than most projects of its size because the labor will be provided by volunteers. One way to get a handle on the labor costs would be to assume an average level of workforce skill for a project of this size and type, estimate the time required, and then adjust for any differences necessary due to the volunteer nature of the labor force.
Another factor that has a direct effect on the costs of any construction project is how it is managed. Making sure that the materials and labor needed to perform each aspect of the project are at the right place at the right time in the right amounts, requires a high level of organization and coordination.
With these things in mind, we are starting by identifying and quantify all the material costs and creating labor projections that are as detailed as possible and designed to be easily modified and updated throughout the project.
After the material and labor costs have been estimated, the less tangible aspects could be included and given a cost allowance.
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