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INNOVATION NATION: Let’s build with wood and go higher than 6 in the 6ix, GTHA
August 30th, 2016 4:31 pm
Paul De Berardis and Michael de Lint / RESCON

Canada is the nation of wood.

It takes our country’s forests just 17 minutes to grow the wood consumed to construct a single six-storey wood-frame building, according to the Canadian Wood Council.

And yet here in Ontario, we haven’t properly capitalized on this incredible resource for residential construction around the province. We have got the product and the talent to put this wood to good use, but – as far as innovation goes – we’re far from cutting edge....  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Let’s have a frank discussion about climate change, net zero and construction
August 30th, 2016 3:26 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

A recent statement by G7 leaders about the need to phase out fossil fuels is but one harbinger of the growing movement toward more environmentally sustainable energy systems and economies.

These changes create opportunity for economies that can adapt and stay ahead of the curve. Relative to other economies, success will depend on Ontario taking a thoughtful and balanced approach – and not submitting to the pressures of political correctness – on issues like net-zero housing.

Didn’t think you’d read that here after the last Tech Corner, right?...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: TDSB program finds construction stars in the making
July 28th, 2016 10:44 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON

(This part one of a two-part series on CTEP.)

Renzo Soriano struggled in class.

His teachers say the 18-year-old former Northview Heights Secondary School student is one of the most likeable people you will meet, but – like some high school students – sitting at a desk didn’t suit his learning style.

But while the Toronto man wasn’t thriving in English, math or geography, he was a star student in the Construction Trades Exploration Program (CTEP), finishing the course and internship with an A grade before landing a job as full-time framer after graduating from high school in June. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Housing affordability first victim of Climate Change Action Plan
July 26th, 2016 1:58 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

The residential construction industry must change its approach to the design and construction of new homes to ensure it can meet the objectives of the province’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) to produce homes that are environmentally responsible, sustainable, resilient and affordable.

Who can argue with this lofty goal? Unfortunately, it cannot be achieved unless the province fills in the blanks created by the lack of detail in the CCAP. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: RESCON hires engineer to spearhead building science, innovation
June 29th, 2016 1:16 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Paul De Berardis is one of those unflappable engineer types who doesn’t get too excited when asked about the most controversial period of his career – the balcony guardrail glass dilemma in 2011.

The 30-year-old native of Toronto was hired recently by RESCON to spearhead innovative construction techniques and building science research to help change the way homes and condos are built in the residential construction industry, with a big focus on panelization and off-site construction through the association’s Building Innovation Group (BIG). He is also RESCON’s new research coordinator with the Building Tall Research Centre within the University of Toronto’s Department of Civil Engineering....  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: Innovation (and Bob Dylan) should inspire residential construction to greater heights
May 30th, 2016 2:54 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

“The times, they are a-changin’.”

That’s one of music’s great lyrics written by world-famous folk music star and poet Bob Dylan – born Robert Zimmerman – who just recently turned 75.

He’s the same age as our technical standards wizard, the free-wheelin’ Michael Steele (who's a former folk singer). Steele, you may remember, has written about how there are at least 45 government bodies that Ontario’s residential construction industry answers to....  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: George Brown College grad praises RESCON certificate program
May 30th, 2016 1:26 pm


Mandeep Sarna came to George Brown College (GBC) as a high school graduate with no construction experience and left GBC for a job as a junior estimator.

The 22-year-old was part of a group of graduates from GBC’s three-year Construction Engineering Technology program that entered last year’s RESCON Residential Construction Management Certificate Program. The group had a 93-per-cent job placement....  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Inclusionary zoning a band-aid solution
May 17th, 2016 10:52 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

As an industry, residential construction has a lot working against it that makes affordability challenging for middle class families.

There’s a few factors that we should consider when thinking about affordability...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: 'Bumper crop’ turns up as RESCON program gains momentum at George Brown
April 26th, 2016 9:12 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON


What a year it’s been for RESCON’s Residential Construction Management Certificate Program at George Brown College (GBC).

We’ve seen a 93-per-cent job placement for our grads of the 2015 program, and then we had 35 students knocking on the door to get in for this year’s 28-week session, starting in May. With only 17 spots available, competition for admittance has never been this fierce. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: 3 keys to success for Tucker HiRise at 1 Bloor East
April 26th, 2016 8:48 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

For the team at 1 Bloor East, there’s one thing more important than building the city’s highest peak on Toronto’s most iconic intersection (Yonge and Bloor), and that’s building it as safely as possible.

Shari Haltrecht, health and safety manager for Tucker HiRise, is proud of the safety practices that she and health and safety worker rep Joe Medeiros have implemented in more than four years that Tucker HiRise Construction has been building the massive condo....  Read more...