The strong relationships that Bowens Account Managers have with builders means that they can do a lot more than just take orders. Account Managers provide valuable support to a builder’s business by keeping everyone up to date with new and innovative products, as well as coming up with solutions to a wide range of challenges.
A great example of this is with Jason Blake, Account Manager at Port Melbourne and Luke Aaron, Director of Portside Building. For over five years, Jason has been assisting Luke to find the right products. We caught up with them both at a Portside job in Yarraville.
This build is a high end, architecturally designed, residential home and one that didn’t come with a lot of detailing in the design. Luke has been able to help the owners, often with Jason’s assistance, and suggest products that are new and innovative to the market.
Luke explains that; “As a builder, it's always difficult to find the time to get out there and find the new products that are coming to the market. That's where Bowens and Jason have been great for us because they have taken care of a lot of the legwork. Jason has introduced us to products that we didn't know were out there. We haven't got the time to do that sort of ‘sit and search’ when we're active on-site. The partnership with Bowens is very beneficial to our business.”
One example of a new product being used that solved a problem for Luke was Ezipier which was the Bowens Product in Focus for July and August.
The original design was for stumps, building on a traditional bearer and joist setup. However, this would have limited access to the rear of the site, where a pool and entertainment area were also being built.
As Luke says; “Jason introduced us to the Ezipier system, which gave us the ability to pour pads of concrete and still get access to the back of the site to carry out other slab work and tasks that needed to be done.”
The other advantage of the Ezipier system is that because Yarraville has a highly reactive soil base, if there's any future adjustments to be made, they can be achieved via the adjustable pier head. “It just looked like an opportunity to future-proof any movement or settling going forward.” says Luke.
John Heidemann, Carpenter at Portside Building says: “I'd recommend them over stumps any day. They are just a lot easier and cleaner for us to work with.”
Another product exclusive to Bowens that Jason introduced to Luke was UrbanEco, a lightweight cladding from Weathertex.
Luke says that; “UrbanEco had a lot of advantages as it is going to be a more durable product with less maintenance and is also easy to install. It can be pre-painted in the factory which eliminates all our site work in the painting.”
John explains that; “UrbanEco saved us a lot of time. There's no padding, no sanding, no undercoating. We did prime the ends, just to weather-seal it, but once it's up, it's up, and you can walk away.”
Whilst UrbanEco might have looked more expensive on paper than traditional timber weatherboards, Luke said that once all factors were taken into consideration, including the savings of being able to remove costly scaffolding earlier, it was much the same.
“It's got a huge benefit to the owners, as far as continued maintenance. It really is a low-maintenance product that they shouldn't have to worry about for quite a few years,” says Luke.
Jason also introduced several other innovative products to Luke that he had not used before. These included MULTIPANEL custom-made shower bases and the Enviroseal ProctorWrap.
Jason enjoys working with builders who are open to new ideas. He says that; “With this job being so successful, Luke’s asked us to get in at design stage of one of his next jobs to see what other innovative products we can offer.”
Next time you are talking to your Bowens Account Manager, make sure you ask them what innovative products are new to the market that can help you build better with Bowens.
Bowens is constantly researching, testing and looking for new and innovative products which are the future of building.
If you have a project that you are working on that you would like us to feature, or if you would just like to know more about what’s new in the Building Industry, talk to your Bowens Account Managers today.
We are always here to help solve everyday problems and want to ensure that we support builders by discovering new and innovative products.