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A Safe Investment in PC Associates Building Code Review

Safety and accessibility are critical to any construction project. Code requirements are constantly changing to match new products, methods, and technology. Keeping up with the pace of change can be difficult, even for large contractors; as a result, building plans often contain errors and omissions that fall short of code compliance. These code violations can have high costs. Failure to comply with building and safety codes can result in schedule alterations and budget increases. Contractors may be unable to meet deadlines, instead spending time overcoming the early design errors that violated safety codes. Contractors must request change orders to obtain the resources for code compliance, further delaying project completion.

Federal, state, and local building codes include restrictions on the types of buildings that can be constructed, the types of materials that can be used, and the locations on which construction projects can be built. Being aware of and understanding the existing building codes and the differences between lot options before construction can reduce overall project costs for both the project owner and the contractor.

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Why Some People Prefer Investing in Silver and Gold

A precious metal, such as silver or gold, is a rare metallic chemical element that naturally forms deep within the earth’s crust. These types of metals typically have a high luster and are ductile. Historically, precious metals were used as a form of currency but are now seen as mainly investment commodities.

The best known precious metal types are gold and silver. Gold is a yellow colored precious metal and silver has a white-grey color.

Many people are quickly learning about the investment benefits of precious metals. The

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Making Your Mark In The Metals Market

Investors often choose precious metals as their investment of choice because of the high potential and value. The precious metals available as investments have not just consumer demand, but industrial demand as well. Metals that are called precious are those that are rare, with declining supply, such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, and rhodium.

How to Invest in Precious Metals

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Getting Started in Precious Metals Investing

Savvy investors have been buying ad hoarding precious metals for countless years. Gold, silver, and more recently platinum and palladium, all have significant intrinsic value that makes them an ideal currency and store of value. During times of economic disparity and political unrest, these metals become exceptionally appealing due to the fact that they act as a hedge against recession and inflation. In fact, the price of precious metals tends to rise when fiat money descends. Following both markets allows investors to be able to accurately predict fluctuations and use them to their benefit.

In particular, silver seems to be the precious metal to keep an eye on in 2014. Silver’s spot price has already risen a significant amount in the past few years, and many financial experts speculate a tremendous increase in value for a number of reasons, mainly industrial demand. There are many industries that rely heavily on silver because it has many unique characteristics that make it an ideal metal for many tasks.

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