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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...

INNOVATION NATION: Top 8 changes coming to Ontario Building Code affecting residential construction
December 14th, 2016 4:45 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

The winter holidays are upon us, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that while most people bring in the New Year by blowing party horns, builders brace themselves for changes to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) coming as early as Jan. 1, 2017 that will push up the cost and complexity of building.

Many interim changes will also be phased in during the lead-up to the next edition of the OBC with a proposed in-effect date of January 2019. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Wood is good for Ontario construction -- let's dispel the myths
December 12th, 2016 7:05 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

We’ve said it for years and we’ll keep saying it – wood is good.

There are a lot of great reasons to build with wood. It’s a quieter, quicker and more flexible building process. It reduces a construction site’s carbon footprint, especially when panelized, by a factor of eight. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: What to expect in 2017 for residential construction
December 12th, 2016 6:32 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

As the year winds down, I would like to take a retrospective look at 2016 through the health and safety lens and offer a glimpse of what 2017 may bring by discussing key developments at MOL enforcement, MOL prevention, the IHSA and the WSIB. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: China shows GTHA builders the spoils of intensification
November 23rd, 2016 4:41 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

I looked out over the Pearl River Delta and swallowed hard. Rows of skyscrapers stretched out across the horizon as I looked north from Hong Kong towards southern China.

This is the largest urban area on Earth, according to the World Bank, with a population of 42 million people (and growing). That’s six million more than all of Canada (and triple Ontario’s population), even though Canada’s area is 254 times larger. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: RESCON’s comms efforts come full circle
November 23rd, 2016 4:08 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

In the last two years, RESCON has made a good impression on the media landscape. ...  Read more...

Check out the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair
November 10th, 2016 10:34 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

Mid-rise wood-frame construction, the coming of timber-frame and prefabrication are the key subjects of focus at the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair on Nov. 17.

Any home-building executive that is interested in this new wave of construction should consider attending. Check out the details and list of seminars for the event here. ...  Read more...