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LYALL’S FILES: Ontario building regulation expert joins RESCON
October 11th, 2016 7:21 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’ve read many times that residential construction has to deal with at least 45 different government bodies and agencies.

Our director of technical standards, Michael Steele, did a little digging last year and came up with that number which sent a chill through the industry.

That made us think a lot about where we want to lead this association and make a positive influence on our industry and government. To make a difference with the Ontario ministries of housing and municipal affairs, we knew we had to expand our team. ...  Read more...

INNOVATION NATION: Forcing net zero could harm Ontario economy
September 30th, 2016 5:56 pm

Paul De Berardis and Michael de Lint / RESCON

Global warming and associated climate change resulting from man-made greenhouse gas emissions are a reality. Global action is necessary to reduce the impact of climate change and Ontario needs to make a substantial contribution to that effort.

But there’s a problem that is currently the talk of Ontario’s new housing industry: the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP)....  Read more...

Learn the ABC’s about WSIB for new-home industry
September 26th, 2016 4:00 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON


One question I often hear from builders is: What do I need to know about WSIB?

This is because the world of health and safety (as well as workplace insurance) grows more complex every year and builders need to pay attention as it evolves. Why? Because compliance is more important than ever.

In this blog, I will provide an update on the WSIB annual general meeting (AGM), the 2017 rates and Rate Framework Review. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Master networker Elvy Moro helps construction industry find young talent
August 30th, 2016 6:56 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

(This is the conclusion of a two-part series on CTEP.)

Elvy Moro’s vocation all started with just one student.

The high school teacher and administrator of the Construction Trades Exploration Program (CTEP) gets a little nostalgic when he thinks of his first student, Matthew. That was in 2004 when he was getting the program off the ground at Northview Heights Secondary School program in Toronto, placing students on construction sites with 25 of the city’s top home builders.

“Here’s a kid who couldn’t make it to class for nine o’clock, and they loved him on the site,” Moro says. ...  Read more...

INNOVATION NATION: Let’s build with wood and go higher than 6 in the 6ix, GTHA
August 30th, 2016 4:31 pm
Paul De Berardis and Michael de Lint / RESCON

Canada is the nation of wood.

It takes our country’s forests just 17 minutes to grow the wood consumed to construct a single six-storey wood-frame building, according to the Canadian Wood Council.

And yet here in Ontario, we haven’t properly capitalized on this incredible resource for residential construction around the province. We have got the product and the talent to put this wood to good use, but – as far as innovation goes – we’re far from cutting edge....  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Let’s have a frank discussion about climate change, net zero and construction
August 30th, 2016 3:26 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

A recent statement by G7 leaders about the need to phase out fossil fuels is but one harbinger of the growing movement toward more environmentally sustainable energy systems and economies.

These changes create opportunity for economies that can adapt and stay ahead of the curve. Relative to other economies, success will depend on Ontario taking a thoughtful and balanced approach – and not submitting to the pressures of political correctness – on issues like net-zero housing.

Didn’t think you’d read that here after the last Tech Corner, right?...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: TDSB program finds construction stars in the making
July 28th, 2016 10:44 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON

(This part one of a two-part series on CTEP.)

Renzo Soriano struggled in class.

His teachers say the 18-year-old former Northview Heights Secondary School student is one of the most likeable people you will meet, but – like some high school students – sitting at a desk didn’t suit his learning style.

But while the Toronto man wasn’t thriving in English, math or geography, he was a star student in the Construction Trades Exploration Program (CTEP), finishing the course and internship with an A grade before landing a job as full-time framer after graduating from high school in June. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Housing affordability first victim of Climate Change Action Plan
July 26th, 2016 1:58 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

The residential construction industry must change its approach to the design and construction of new homes to ensure it can meet the objectives of the province’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) to produce homes that are environmentally responsible, sustainable, resilient and affordable.

Who can argue with this lofty goal? Unfortunately, it cannot be achieved unless the province fills in the blanks created by the lack of detail in the CCAP. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: RESCON hires engineer to spearhead building science, innovation
June 29th, 2016 1:16 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Paul De Berardis is one of those unflappable engineer types who doesn’t get too excited when asked about the most controversial period of his career – the balcony guardrail glass dilemma in 2011.

The 30-year-old native of Toronto was hired recently by RESCON to spearhead innovative construction techniques and building science research to help change the way homes and condos are built in the residential construction industry, with a big focus on panelization and off-site construction through the association’s Building Innovation Group (BIG). He is also RESCON’s new research coordinator with the Building Tall Research Centre within the University of Toronto’s Department of Civil Engineering....  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: Innovation (and Bob Dylan) should inspire residential construction to greater heights
May 30th, 2016 2:54 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

“The times, they are a-changin’.”

That’s one of music’s great lyrics written by world-famous folk music star and poet Bob Dylan – born Robert Zimmerman – who just recently turned 75.

He’s the same age as our technical standards wizard, the free-wheelin’ Michael Steele (who's a former folk singer). Steele, you may remember, has written about how there are at least 45 government bodies that Ontario’s residential construction industry answers to....  Read more...