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LYALL'S FILES: Wood construction innovators Sweden highlight conference in Toronto
October 23rd, 2017 4:53 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

We are champing at the bit for a chance to hear from the Swedish contingent at the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Two years ago, a team from RESCON travelled to Sweden to see what the Swedes were doing with wood construction, including the townhome community of Hammarby, a suburb of Stockholm, and the eight-storey Strandparken in the town of Sundbyberg. The buildings were superb, and the psychological benefits of wood could be felt upon entry: you could feel a sense of well being when surrounded by wood and, for Strandparken, the smell of cedar filled the air. ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Mobilizing to modernize Ontario construction through expanded e-permitting
October 18th, 2017 11:12 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

RESCON is working with other key stakeholders to modernize Ontario's regulatory system.

This article is an update for a blog posted over the summer on a report produced by RESCON and Ryerson University published called “Modernizing Building Approvals in Ontario.”

A lot has happened since the July 5 release, but let's recap a few things before I reveal the latest developments. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Recreational cannabis, construction and the Ontario workplace (a panel discussion)
September 19th, 2017 1:15 pm

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

The Cannabis Act has been getting considerable attention in the media, and with good reason. The federal government is sticking to its legalization date of July 1, 2018 for recreational cannabis; this means that employers and employees need to be aware of the details of the legislation and potential implications to the construction industry....  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Ontario warming up to Finland’s Evolta e-permitting system
September 19th, 2017 11:55 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

E-permitting is creating a buzz all over Ontario’s residential design and construction industry.

In a blog published in June, I wrote about expanding e-permitting across the province, which was one of three recommendations in RESCON’s joint report with Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development. This blog, which included a reference to Singapore’s state-of-the-art e-permitting system, CoreNet, drew attention from Finland’s Evolta, one of three companies bidding to enhance Singapore’s system. ...  Read more...

CRACKING THE CODE: Consultation for building industry signals changes to the Ontario Building Code
August 23rd, 2017 5:27 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

The Ontario government wants your opinion on the steps to introducing net-zero homes by 2030 and large buildings after that.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is seeking input on new proposed requirements in the Ontario Building Code (OBC) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the building sector in support of the government’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP). ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Finland well ahead of Ontario on building approvals through electronic permitting
August 21st, 2017 3:32 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON

Recently in this space, I wrote about Singapore’s world class e-permitting system called CORENET and how a similar system could transform Ontario’s plodding building approvals process.

Just last week, I received an email from Jarkko Turtiainen, chief operating officer with Evolta Ltd., a Finland-based IT firm specialized in e-permitting. He read the blog and wanted me to know about how his company was involved with e-permitting....  Read more...

LABOUR RELATIONS: Bill 148 affects a lot more than minimum wage
August 16th, 2017 4:41 pm
Andrew Pariser / RESCON

As the summer draws to a close, consultations wrap up on the very contentious Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Despite what the name suggests, good jobs already exist in Ontario residential construction sector and the Wynne government should work to ensure those jobs are not inadvertently affected as they make legislative changes targeting other sectors. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: RESCON’s technical expert weighs in on Grenfell Tower tragedy
August 16th, 2017 2:35 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

RESCON’s technical expertise is being recognized by our membership, industry and mainstream media.

I’m specifically referring to the association’s civil engineer, Paul De Berardis. One year into his role with RESCON, the phone has been ringing more and emails keep rolling in for the director of building science and innovation as more of our members, key stakeholders and media seek his input. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: OCOT’s July 30 deadline looms for reviews of updated trades classification process
July 24th, 2017 6:01 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

No one can say the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) isn’t busy. The young government body tasked with promoting skilled trades has been under constant review since now Sen. Tony Dean was asked to complete a review and help steer the ship back on course. New organizations require time to find their niche, and OCOT fits this mould.

Since then, we have had another expert review by former MPP Chris Bentley as well as bills, schedules, policies, consultations, and new reviews related to trades classifications and enforcements. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: The 2017 RESCON / George Brown students are eager and ready to work
July 24th, 2017 4:59 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

The eight students in the 2017 RESCON construction management certificate program are a tight knit group and that spirit of teamwork might produce the best crop we have had in five years at George Brown College (GBC).

It’s a smaller group than previous years and yet the students, all graduates of GBC’s three-year Construction Engineering Technology diploma, may represent the best candidates for construction management that we have seen in the program’s five years. ...  Read more...