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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...

Tech Corner: Bill 172 and some other potential headaches
April 14th, 2016 1:16 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

Ever feel that you’re swimming upstream against the tide? That’s just about sums up my feelings after a continual barrage of developments impacting the building and development industry. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: 8 questions for Ontario government on construction's red tape dilemma
February 11th, 2016 4:27 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

It was only six months ago that I wrote about the red tape dilemma that residential construction faces.

To sum it up, I did a count of the number of government bodies and institutions our industry answers to in order to function in a highly dysfunctional day-to-day field of work, and it added up to 45. Try to name another industry that has to deal with that kind of red tape and contributes as much to the Canadian economy as residential construction.

Below, this recently received invitation, along with the government’s January announcement of the “Ontario Moving Forward with Red Tape Challenge, made me wonder if I had got it wrong when I wrote that blog....  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Why does Wynne government’s red tape challenge exclude construction industry?
January 29th, 2016 3:06 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

I love innovative concepts, especially when they originate in Ontario.

The Wynne government’s Red Tape Challenge program is their effort to reduce regulatory burden: “an online consultation tool designed to identify and eliminate duplication, less compliance burdens, shorten response times and make it easier for businesses to interact with government,” reads their press release

What a fantastic concept.

But then there’s the second paragraph. ...