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You Have to Get It In

Disclaimer – this and subsequent articles on this subject are not intended to be legal advice, merely an example for discussions between you and your legal advisor.

Please keep in mind, many of these terms are applicable towards post frame building kits and would require edits for cases where a builder is providing erection services or materials and labor.

PREMISES: Purchaser will be responsible for personal injury or property damage sustained by anyone entering the jobsite, as well as security. Purchaser warrants soil is of bearing capacity to meet what is stated in the Agreement. Seller has not made any soil studies, and the determination of any need for a soil analysis, as well as the costs of the same, shall be made by and paid for directly by Purchaser. In the event soil bearing capacity is less than as stated, any and all costs of redesign, redrafting or reengineering shall be paid for by Purchaser.

This version of “premises” is written specifically towards built buildings and is, for practical purposes, a ‘hard rock clause’:

PREMISES: Purchaser will be responsible for personal injury or property damage sustained by Purchaser or third parties who enter the jobsite, and for all security at jobsite. Upon completion, Seller shall remove all of Seller’s tools, construction equipment and machinery from the building site. 

Purchaser warrants that all soil is clean, unobstructed, of adequate bearing capacity and meets a minimum of 95% compaction. Seller’s price allots a maximum average of 30 person-minutes per column hole for hand-digging or 10 equipment-minutes per column for auguring, with excess time to be paid for by purchaser pursuant to Section xx of this Agreement, “Change Orders”. 

Purchaser to absorb all costs associated with underground water or unexpectedly high water table including, but not limited to, diversion of flow or removal of water from column holes. 

Seller has not made any soil studies, and the determination of any need for a soil analysis, as well as the cost of the analysis, shall be paid directly by Purchaser. 

Should asbestos or other hazardous waste be discovered during the course of Seller’s work, Seller will promptly notify Purchaser, who must advise the applicable governmental agencies. It shall thereafter be Purchaser’s responsibility to contract a certified hazardous waste removal contractor in order to perform all asbestos or hazardous waste removal. 

For extended reading on ‘hard-rock’ clauses: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2014/03/hard-rock-clause/

TRANSPORTATION/SHIPMENT: Other than ferry charges, freight and transportation charges within the Continental United States are included in sales price unless otherwise expressly stated in the Agreement. For projects outside of the Continental U.S., shipment is made to a mutually agreeable port, or is available for “will call” at one of Seller’s distribution points. If needed, Purchaser will provide any permits and/or pilot cars for oversized loads, and equipment and/or labor required to unload trucks. 

Purchaser shall make access to the building site available at all times to Seller’s agents for purposes of delivery. 

Materials delivery challenges: Once any material leaves the truck bed it becomes responsibility of the Purchaser and all risk of loss, damage, and other incidents of ownership shall immediately pass to Purchaser, but title to such materials will be retained by Seller as security interest for Purchaser’s performance until payment in full is received. This security interest constitutes a “purchase money security interest” pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code. 

Signed delivery slips shall be proof of receipt of materials in good order. Acceptance by common carriers shall constitute delivery, therefore, the freight carriers are liable for materials lost or damaged in transit and (in case of loss or damage en route), Purchaser must immediately notify the carrier’s agent at destination, in order to establish a formal claim when presented, and no claims for damages shall be made against Seller.

PROTECTION OF WORK: It is agreed Purchaser shall be responsible for replacement of any stolen or damaged material after delivery in good order.

DELIVERY ACCESS: Purchaser shall provide clear, level site, with sufficient area and adequate access (at least 10 feet in width and up to 14 feet of height) for trucks to make delivery without danger to property or equipment, and shall assume, pay and hold Seller harmless from all claims of damages to property of others. Delivery trucks may be semi tractors pulling 48′ or longer trailers. If a site does not have adequate access, it is the responsibility of the Purchaser to find a suitable alternative delivery location. 

Drivers are instructed to not risk themselves, their loads, or their equipment in an attempt to make delivery to a location driver deems as unsafe. The final decision as to adequacy of access shall be determined by the truck driver. Should, for any reason, adequate access is unavailable and Seller’s truck must make another trip to the job site, Purchaser agrees to pay the cost of an extra delivery at $5 per loaded mile, with a $250 minimum. 

In the event Purchaser instructs a driver to access over a particular route or area and the truck becomes stuck, requiring towing, or causing damage, Purchaser will absorb all expenses, including a minimum of $120.00 per hour truck standby time for each and every hour, or partial hour, truck is stuck or delayed. Purchaser shall be responsible to provide safety jackets, warning signs, whistles and persons to direct traffic, if necessary, to allow access to the jobsite. Should materials NOT be able to be delivered and properly stocked, the Purchaser agrees to absorb all costs of moving materials.

If You Think Red Iron Buildings Are Great

If You Thought Red Iron Buildings Are Great

Loyal readers, please join me in reaching way back to yesterday’s article espousing great benefits of PEMBs (Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings) aka “red iron” or “bolt up” buildings.

If you are planning a new barndominium, shouse (shop/house), shop, etc., and have decided a PEMB is your one and only answer – far be it for me to try to influence you to consider anything else. For those of you who are “on a fence” trying to make an educated choice, please read on. My comments are in bold.

Keep in mind 93% of all new residential construction is wood frame (either stick or post framed) and roughly 3000 all steel frame homes are built annually in America (this would include weld up, as well as light gauge carport type). While 3000 may sound like a large number – total single-family housing starts in 2019 were 888,200.

I gave a dozen reason yesterday as to why PEMBs are great, here they are (along with post frame notes in bold):

1. When working within defined standard dimensions high-tech engineering and design software simplify processes and make for efficient use of steel. For pennies per square foot of price difference, fully engineered post frame buildings can be customized to exactly meet one’s wants and needs.

2. As long as foundation bolts are properly placed and bolt holes are correct, no field structural steel cutting, welding or drilling should be required. Post frame is very forgiving – no cutting torches or welding required.

3. Building components and steel sheeting can be shipped from regional manufacturing and warehousing locations to minimize freight charges. Just like post frame.

4. Fully engineered buildings with third-party engineered foundation plans, simplify permitting processes. Fully engineered post frame buildings include foundation plans – no need to have to hire yet another engineer on your own.

5. Steel has a very high strength-to-weight ratio. Obviously footprint, height, roof slope and manufacturer will come into play, however an average weight per square foot for a PEMB shell seems to be roughly eight psf (pounds-per-square-foot). Fully engineered post frame construction takes advantage of this high strength-to-weight ratio by utilizing steel skin shear strength. Post frame also allows for easy application of alternative roofing materials (shingles and even tile!) as well as a plethora of siding options. And – an average post frame building shell weighs in at about eight psf!

6.  Once foundations are excavated, formed and concrete is poured, a contractor with proper heavy lifting equipment can erect a fairly significantly sized building fairly quickly. Post frame building shells can be erected without having to wait upon a slab-on-grade to be poured. They can easily be built on full, partial, or walkout basements, or have crawl spaces incorporated. They also lend themselves well to DIY assembly, without requiring heavy lifting equipment.

7. Fire resistant metal framing does not ignite. With addition of 5/8” Type X gypsum wallboard, steel furring and appropriate insulation options one and two-hour exterior wall fire ratings can be achieved. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (www.NFPA.org) 86% of all home structure fires are caused by cooking, heating equipment, electrical, arson or smoking – all of these being independent of what type of structural system is being utilized.

Fire retardant treated wood can be utilized where concerns for structural systems burning arise: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2017/07/dricon-fire-retardant-treated-wood/.

Post frame buildings can also be designed with one or three-hour exterior wall fire ratings https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/03/firewall/.

8. Insects do not eat steel. Nor do they eat properly pressure preservative treated wood https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/09/pressure-treated-post-frame-building-poles-rot/

For those who are still not yet convinced, structural columns can be placed above ground: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2019/05/sturdi-wall-plus-concrete-brackets/

9. With high-quality paint on a proper galvalume or galvanized substrate, steel roofing and siding require very little upkeep. Post frame utilizes this same steel roofing and siding (unless non-steel claddings are preferred).

10. Fully engineered, properly constructed steel buildings withstand damage from earthquakes, winds, snows, hail and other weather extremes as well as an equivalent post frame building. Any fully engineered structural building system will support climactic conditions as indicated on sealed plans. There is no legitimate claim for an excess capacity beyond what has been engineer certified.

11. Dimensionally stable steel changes little with temperature – in a variance of 100 degrees a 50 foot width building expands or contracts just under ½ inch. Steel does not change dimension with shifting moisture content like wood framing does. Wood, in service (within a climate controlled building) generally ranges in moisture content from six to 14%. Expansion and contraction of wood is greatest tangentially with common framing lumber changing dimension by a factor of as much as 0.00267per 1% change in moisture content. From average to maximum or minimum a 2×6 might vary by 0.059 (under 1/16th) of an inch. Considering all wood members of a structure are shrinking or growing at fairly similar rates, this is a non-issue.

12. Clear span steel buildings promise endless floor plan possibilities, with no restrictive load-bearing walls required. Up to and including 80 foot clear-span (in some markets greater) fully engineered post frame offers this as well.