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HEALTH AND SAFETY: Making 3 key websites work for you
August 26th, 2015 10:24 pm
Andrew Pariser / RESCON



A main goal for RESCON’s Health and Safety Committee is to create a space where health and safety representatives can come together to discuss and promote safety in the residential construction sector.

This is accomplished through committee member involvement with the MOL, IHSA, WSIB and other safety affiliates. But another way safety stays at the top of mind is through scouring the many online resources and publications that are available. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Realizing the advantages of 6-storey wood construction
August 26th, 2015 4:21 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON




After many years of advocacy, the Ontario Building Code was amended to allow the construction of six-storey wood-frame construction on Jan. 1.

This change was welcomed as one way of increasing the production of badly needed homes at more affordable prices, particularly in urban centres throughout the province.

It was expected that this change would result in many applications for building permits using this type of construction, but an informal survey of building departments throughout the province suggests that this is not the case.

While we thought it was important to address this issue, we at RESCON believe there are a number of scenarios that are playing out right now in Ontario that properly explain where we’re at since Jan. 1. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: What MOL’s Safe at Work plan means to builders
July 28th, 2015 8:38 pm
Andrew Pariser / RESCON



Welcome to the July Health and Safety Update. This month we are focusing on the MOL’s Safe at Work Ontario initiative which raises awareness and compliance of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Part of this initiative includes sector specific plans including one for the construction industry.

The Construction Sector Plan, which is updated annually, outlines the MOL’s enforcement initiatives for the upcoming year highlighting regional safety initiatives as well as province-wide issue specific inspection blitzes. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Red tape dilemma: Construction industry impacted by 45 government bodies
July 24th, 2015 2:19 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON


      

There are a few questions I have for our provincial government about regulatory instruments that need an answer now before our industry gets completely wrapped up in red tape.

Firstly, why is the province, after many commissions, studies and much hand-wringing, unable to implement recommendations and embrace new technologies that would eliminate red tape, reduce costs and introduce innovations throughout the design and construction process which would stimulate the building of affordable multi-residential buildings?

Recently I decided to search for an answer to this question....  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: George Brown College students look for placements with RESCON builders
June 30th, 2015 6:04 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON

 

RESCON is helping to pave the way for the future of residential construction by giving a leg up to George Brown College students through the Residential Construction Management Certificate Program.

The association and school organized a lunch on June 3 at the picturesque lakeshore campus which allowed members of RESCON – the voice of the builders – to meet with the program’s 12 students. This talented dozen aim to be placed with builders in 14-week internships this fall. All of the students are graduates of GBC’s three-year construction engineering technology program....  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Net-zero will be future requirement for residential construction
June 30th, 2015 3:53 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON



Net-zeroenergy (NZE) buildings are the requirement of the future.

Regulations and codes are currently being revised and changed which will impact all types of residential construction (both single-family and multi-residential) as well as commercial.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation defines an NZE building this way: “A net-zero energy (NZE) building is designed and built to reduce energy needs to a minimum and includes on-site renewable energy systems, so that the building may produce as much energy as it consumes on a yearly basis.”...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Monthly column launched
June 30th, 2015 2:45 pm

 Andrew Pariser / RESCON



RESCON’s re-established health and safety committee is up and running at full speed, so you can expect to see a monthly column on this crucial subject for our website and newsletter.

It will focus on current, upcoming and past health and safety issues in the residential construction industry featuring best practices, innovations and other information which will help builders navigate OHSA, the WSIB and MOL....  Read more...

TECH CORNER: It's a green revolution for GTA residential construction
June 17th, 2015 5:09 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON



Green is a colour used in all kinds of ways: money, marketing of environmentally friendly materials, discussions concerning energy conservation, sustainability and climate change.

However, the economic impact of the various uses of the word green is challenging:

- the way we currently design and construct our multi-residential projects;
- the ability to produce affordable housing;
- the knowledge base required to ensure profitability upon completion of a project....  Read more...
LYALL'S FILES: RESCON team concludes mission in Denmark
May 22nd, 2015 10:20 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON



This has been an incredible fact-finding mission for the RESCON team in Sweden and Denmark.

Sadly, it has come to a conclusion, but we're going to keep posting about what we've learned in the weeks to come here on rescon.com/blog, so stay tuned.

Here's a quick overview of what we saw today ......  Read more...
LYALL’S FILES: Healthy homes design chat in Denmark gets ideas flowing for RESCON team
May 21st, 2015 9:13 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON



It was an intense tour through Copenhagen’s incredibly innovative new communities today capped with an eye-opening presentation on Active House Alliance.

If you follow the residential construction industry, you may have heard about Active House in November after the initiative in Toronto by Great Gulf Homes (a RESCON member and one of the founding companies of Active House) won the Wood WORKS! award for best residential wood design. This is an all-important subject for us as we continue our fact-finding mission on mid-rise wood-frame construction in the Danish capital after four fascinating days in Stockholm, Sweden. ...  Read more...