Oklahoma State Home Builders Association

An Affiliate of the National Home Builders Association

The relentless pursuit of waste

 
Posted on May 30, 2014 by By Carol Hartzog Communications

The Lean building revolution is coming to the 2014 Oklahoma Building Summit on September 11 at the Reed Center in Midwest City.

Scott Sedam
Scott Sedam

Lean building expert and evangelist Scott Sedam, President of True North Development, Inc. will present an opening and keynote session on the Lean building process and design.

Lean construction is the elimination of waste in the building process. Scott will demonstrate just how much waste costs builders both in time, supplies -- and reputation. He has taken the Lean building revolution nationwide, including presentations last year at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

OSHBA President Todd Booze has embraced the philosophy of LEAN building, which he said has its roots in the Lean manufacturing movement of the 1990s.

Here's a good example of waste: In Pennsylvania, Scott Sedam pulled more than 80 feet of perfectly good insulated ductwork out of a jobsite Dumpster. The
Here's a good example
of waste: In Pennsylvania,
Scott Sedam pulled more than 80 feet of perfectly
good insulated ductwork
out of a jobsite Dumpster. The "scrap"
could have been used for short runs and
"jumpers."

Booze spoke about the Lean philosophy at a May 6 meeting of the OSHBA Building Summit organizing committee at the OSHBA headquarters. 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 building impact.

"Builders complain about trade shortages," Booze said. "The builders who are doing things right don't have trade shortages. Because the trades know the builder has the processes in place that makes it easier for him to do his job. It doesn't matter if you build five homes a year or 500 homes a year."

Scott Sedam founded TrueNorth Development, a consulting, training and organizational development firm serving more than 150 industry clients to date. His work has been credited with bringing companies together to develop and implement significant process improvements resulting in improved profit margins and increased customer satisfaction.

Learn more about the Lean building revolution and Scott Sedam at www.truen.com. Stay tuned for more details about the Building Summit in upcoming blog posts and news articles.

For more information and to register for the summit, go to www.okbuildingsummit.com

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