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INNOVATION NATION: Canadian furnace manufacturers change installation protocol
April 6th, 2017 4:44 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

What difference does a day make?

On May 1st, 2017 all furnace manufacturers who are members of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) are changing their installation instructions which will bring big changes to the current practice of heating low-rise homes during construction. ...  Read more...

Last day to register for Tall Wood Symposium
March 24th, 2017 12:38 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON

Anyone who wants to learn about building with wood over six storeys in Ontario – and wants to learn about the tallest pre-engineered timber building in the world – should not miss the 2017 Tall Wood Symposium.

Why? Because Ontario is limited to six-storey construction for now, but the future will see wood structures higher than six. If British Columbia and Quebec can go higher, it’s inevitable for Canada’s economic heartland. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Working at Heights deadline looms – are your subtrades ready for April 1?
March 7th, 2017 1:36 am

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Depending on the weather, April 1st usually signals the start of the spring construction season.

But this year, that date means something else as well -- the Working at Heights (WAH) deadline. Are you and your company ready for it? ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: GTHA construction gets a booost from George Brown College construction program
March 7th, 2017 12:52 am

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

 I don’t think there’s a builder in the GTHA that doesn’t have a George Brown College graduate.

Sitting with the graduates of the RESCON residential construction management certificate program during a recent George Brown College graduation dinner in Toronto, I realized that RESCON has helped produce another 13 leaders of tomorrow for the construction industry. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: Toronto high school shows there’s plenty of young talent to help Ontario construction
March 6th, 2017 2:06 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Seven students sat at the head of the room, each telling a story of hope and excitement then passing a microphone to the left.

A captivated audience of industry executives, government officials educators and parents took it all in: before them was just a taste of the future of construction and, boy, did it look bright.

The energy in the large event room at Toronto’s Northview Heights Secondary School was palpable; it always is. Without a doubt, the annual meeting for the Construction Trades Exploration Program (CTEP) is one of my favourite days of the year. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: 35 lives saved – Mikey Network one example of how home builders give back
February 13th, 2017 4:18 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Every February is heart month and with it comes the annual heart health campaigns from various groups, including the Mikey Network. While their slogan is “The Beat Goes On,” their message is of awareness and preparation; prevention is the focus in this month’s blog....  Read more...

TECH CORNER: The problem with prescriptive building codes for Ontario construction
February 7th, 2017 5:37 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

Part 9 of the National and Ontario building codes, which governs houses and small buildings, were originally written in a prescriptive format to simplify their application and interpretation by users and enforcers. This format served its purpose when it was introduced but has become a barrier to the use of new technologies and materials....  Read more...
TECH CORNER: The unintended consequences of excessive regulation for Ontario construction
January 9th, 2017 7:17 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

Rob Norton, a former editor at Fortune magazine wrote, “the law of unintended consequences illuminates the perverse unanticipated effects of legislation and regulation.” Just a few of more than 500 proposed changes in the national and Ontario building codes have unintended consequences that could lead to health risks for homeowners. ...  Read more...

How can a construction trades shortage coincide with high youth unemployment?
January 9th, 2017 7:05 pm
Richard Lyall and Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Dec. 8th marked a potential turning point in the battle against Ontario’s skilled trades shortage.

That’s when Bill 70 passed through third reading and received royal assent. It’s a 26-schedule budget omnibus bill which included amendments to reform and restructure the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT). ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: Mother of 4 inspires with construction career breakthrough
January 9th, 2017 4:35 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Construction is no longer a career path just for men. Just ask Lisa Bell, the most recent recipient of RESCON’s scholarship at The Centre for Skills Development and Training in Burlington.

Six years ago, the 37-year-old resident of Mississauga left her job in marketing and decided she needed a career change.

The mother of four went to an employment centre and took an aptitude test to find out what she’d be good at: she told RESCON that she knew the answer all along – construction. ...  Read more...