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TECH CORNER: An ‘expert’ opinion on whether changes to building codes have improved our lives
September 30th, 2015 5:17 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

After five and half decades of experience in the design and construction industry of multi-residential buildings, even I can question whether I have done enough to be qualified as an expert.

The question that brought this thought to mind was: “In your expert opinion, have progressive changes to building codes, regulations, technological advancements in methods of construction and development of new materials resulted in an improved product and environment for living for the consumer?”...  Read more...

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Deadline looms for WSIB review
September 25th, 2015 7:59 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

How the time flies! In a follow-up to our very first Health and Safety column on our blog, I am going to focus today on RESCON’s submission regarding the WSIB Rate Framework Review. RESCON will support the CEC (Construction Employers Coalition) joint submission and will submit one to focus on issues that affect builders.

The submissions are being crafted after extensive consideration by CEC stakeholders and members of the RESCON Health and Safety Committee....  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Industry gears up for collective bargaining season
September 23rd, 2015 11:02 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON

It’s almost time to get back to the bargaining table.

Every three years, the members of the Joint Residential Construction Association (JRCA) and the Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations (ORCCA) gather to look at what’s ahead for the eight months of collective bargaining we’re expecting to undertake between November and June.

That’s why JRCA and ORCCA are organizing an economic symposium breakfast meeting on Oct. 1. ...  Read more...

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...