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Construction Job Cost Code Samples
BuilderBugMark writes:

Construction Job Cost Code Samples


There are many ways to examine Construction Job Cost Codes, but before you discuss them, you must first determine what type of contractor you are. That effort will help you better manage the budget to actual analysis of Job Cost.  That is a key ingredient when thinking about construction estimating software as well as construction accounting software. So here are a few types of contractors:

  1. Contractor that is more of a construction management type company that turnkeys out almost everything.
  2. Contractor that buys materials but subcontracts out most labor (not supervision, etc)
  3. Contractor that buys materials and self performs most labor
  4. Contractor that buys materials and self performs some labor and subcontracts some labor

For contractor type 1 or 2, often the Construction Specification Institutes (CSI) specifications sections are sufficient for a management and accounting cost code such as for example:  (the example below is a partial list)

  • 2100 Clearing
  • 2200 Earthwork
  • 2550 Site Utilities
  • 2600 Paving & Surfacing
  • 2800 Landscaping
  • 3100 Concrete Formwork
  • 3200 Concrete Reinforcement
  • 3300 Concrete
  • 3400 Precast Concrete
  • 4100 Mortar
  • 4200 Unit Masonry
  • 4400 Stone
  • 5100 Structural Metal Framing
  • 5200 Metal Joists
  • 5400 Light Gage Metal Framing
  • 5500 Metal Fabrications
  • 5700 Ornamental Metal
  • 6100 Rough Carpentry
  • 6200 Finish Carpentry
  • 6400 Architectural Millwork & Casework
  • 7100 Waterproofing
  • 7200 Insulation
  • 7300 Singles & Roofing Tiles
  • 7500 Membrane Roofing
  • 7600 Flashing & Sheet Metal
  • 7900 Sealants
  • 8100 Metal Doors & Frames
  • 8200 Wood & Plastic Doors
  • 8300  Special Doors
  • 8500 Metal Windows
  • 8600 Wood & Plastic Windows
  • 8700 Hardware & Specialties
  • 8800 Glazing
  • 9100 Lath & Plaster
  • 9200 Gypsum Wallboard / Drywall
  • 9300 Tile
  • 9400 Terrazzo
  • 9500 Acoustical Treatment
  • 9550 Wood Flooring
  • 9650 Resilient Flooring
  • 9680 Carpeting
  • 9900 Painting
  • 9950 Wall Covering
  • 15061 Steel Pipe
  • 15062 Cast Iron Pipe
  • 15063 Copper Pipe
  • 15064 Plastic Pipe
  • 15180 Mechanical Insulation
  • 15400 Plumbing
  • 15500 Fire Protection
  • 15600 Power or Heat Generation
  • 15650 Refrigeration
  • 15800 Air Distribution
  • 15900 Controls & Instrumentation
  • 16110 Raceways
  • 16111 Conduits
  • 16112 Bus Ducts
  • 16113 Underfloor Ducts
  • 16114 Cable Trays
  • 16120 Wire & Cables16130 Outlet Boxes
  • 16200 Power Generation
  • 16300 Power Transmission
  • 16400 Service & Distribution
  • 16500 Lighting
  • 16700 Communications
  • 16900 Controls & Instrumentation

However for type 3 or 4 contractors including specialty contractors, using the above codes could work but not really provide a great way of understanding where and why the company is making/losing money easily.  Yes, some more codes can be added especially for the specialty contractors.  But at the end of the day, it all still boils down how the construction work was ESTIMATED,  and then, did the company make/lose money for their type of work?
So here is an idea that you may want to consider. So if you are predominantly a self performing contractor, consider looking at a Job Cost code as a system.  For instance, a concrete subcontractor may look at a Job Cost Code for a Slab on Grade as Job Cost Code 100.  That way all parts for material and labor are cost coded to Job Cost Code 100.  Now when the estimator estimated the Slab on Grade, often they estimate it as a system.  So it would be a great way to analyze Estimated Budget Cost to Actual Accounting Job Cost.  At the end of the day the question would be, "did we make/lose money on that system…. Lets look at Budget to Actual"

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Because that’s the way we’ve always done it!
ManufacturersFish writes:

As builders, developers and trade contractors we can become so focused on line item budgets that we lose sight of the big picture. We also cling to time tested ways of doing things. However, everything we do is integrated - change one specification or process and we undoubtedly impact another. With emerging technology, products and approaches, we must step back and understand them as they create opportunities across our products. Now more than ever, we must embrace the positive dynamic of this relationship more than we should fear the negative.

 If you could build more sustainably and save $100 tomorrow by spending $60 today - would you do it? WOULD YOU? Many opportunities like this are passing the industry by because change may unfavorably impact one line item of cost and the value savings for other line items are not relentlessly pursued. In other cases, the labor costs associated with doing things “the way we always have” are impacting the industry more than the increased cost of implementing new products and technology. In the context of product specification and procurement decisions, this is a meaningful challenge to embrace.
SO, let’s illustrate how a positive change dynamic can work with a simple, yet outstanding, illustration related to vent boot installation. Impending code updates are going to rock the builder world in the next year or two with mandatory protection on all openings during construction, increased air quality and efficiency standards and potentially, required duct pressure testing on all constructed units. We are headed there already, so can we afford to rely on the time tested method of installation?
Sit back while you have a moment to reflect on what it takes to install each air supply opening in your home or business. Almost every day, it’s being done the “same way we’ve always done it”.
  • Framer (or HVAC contractor) installs backing. 
  • HVAC contractor installs (and likely deforms) vent boot. 
  • Drywaller packs mud around gaps in the openings between vent boot, backing and drywall. 
  • Someone likely covers or will be needed to cover the vent boot opening to prevent overspray in the ductwork. 
  • Painter removes the cover and in some instances, sprays the inside of the boot black to cover any silver finish or overspray that may be visible to the homeowner. 
  • Painter may caulk the register to the drywall. Someone then masks vent boot and register to hopefully pass the duct pressure test.
SO, let’s count. That’s five to six trips up and down a ladder for every vent boot in the house. There are 10 – 15 vent boots in an average home – do the math.
Why do we do this? Because we’ve always done it that way! We’ve also enjoyed along the way many discussions regarding whether the boot backing was properly located, true and square, who is responsible for the test passing or failing. Etc., Etc. Etc.
SO, when an innovative product comes along that eliminates all that work, enables the HVAC contractor to own the entire system installation, protects the ductwork from dust and debris and provides a sustainable seal to ensure efficient ventilation, shouldn’t we embrace change and figure out how to make it work to our advantage?
At a time when every builder is scrapping for every dollar, this product and process improvement makes sense – it’s a positive change dynamic. Lead through innovation. Surpass the code. Deliver a better, more durable product. Save wasted time, energy and money. Send a little help to the bottom line to boot!
Embrace Change and let your customer breath easier…

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