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LYALL’S FILES: One-day conference key for arrival of six-wood
February 5th, 2015 5:26 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Six-storey wood-frame construction is here to stay, but the residential construction industry is still a long way from fully implementing it into streetscapes across Ontario.

New Year’s Day saw a change to the Ontario Building Code went into effect allowing the construction of wood-frame buildings up to six storeys, rising from four, across the province. Wood will open up new business for our industry. There are certain corners of towns and cities that can use some additional density, in accordance with the directive by the provincial growth plan, and six-storey wood-frame construction will allow builders and municipalities to fulfill this goal. Not too tall, not too short. It’s an exciting time for our industry.

Now, construction leaders are trying to figure out what steps they have to take to start building five- and six-storey projects. That’s where RESCON comes in.

We are the lead sponsors for the upcoming Toronto Mid-Rise Symposium, a one-day conference hosted by Ontario Wood WORKS! that focuses on how to create mid-rise wood-frame homes. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Translating housing's technical issues
February 3rd, 2015 3:07 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON

Michael Steele

Are you looking for info and answers to questions on technical issues that affect multi-residential construction in Ontario? Then this is the space where you will find the answers you seek.

We’ll be tackling issues that impact residential construction such as: inconsistent interpretations of the OBC, proposed code changes, new regulations and standards, affordability and Tarion.

And we want your input and questions so we can be as current and interactive as possible, using plain language to cut through the jargon. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Why Housing Un-Affordability is Here to Stay
January 28th, 2015 11:50 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Welcome to RESCON's new blog! Here you'll read about a range of issues related to residential construction, including six-storey wood-frame construction (more on the Feb. 11 Toronto Mid-rise Symposium at this link and coming to this space), quality of construction, accessibility, net zero housing, new voluntary certification programs, build green programs, WSIB rates, the Ontario College of Trades and more.

As the voice of the residential construction industry, RESCON – the Residential Construction Council of Ontario – has a responsibility to talk about the issues of the day faced by the residential construction industry and try to shed some light on how these issues affect builders and ultimately you, our homebuyers.

Our association is best known as a hands-on, technical, builders-only group, but have started a communications program as we feel that greater outreach is required to bridge the gap between builders and the public so that you have a better understanding of our industry. ...  Read more...