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TECH CORNER: Red tape dilemma: Construction industry impacted by 45 government bodies
July 24th, 2015 2:19 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON


      

There are a few questions I have for our provincial government about regulatory instruments that need an answer now before our industry gets completely wrapped up in red tape.

Firstly, why is the province, after many commissions, studies and much hand-wringing, unable to implement recommendations and embrace new technologies that would eliminate red tape, reduce costs and introduce innovations throughout the design and construction process which would stimulate the building of affordable multi-residential buildings?

Recently I decided to search for an answer to this question....  Read more...

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LYALL’S FILES: George Brown College students look for placements with RESCON builders
June 30th, 2015 6:04 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON

 

RESCON is helping to pave the way for the future of residential construction by giving a leg up to George Brown College students through the Residential Construction Management Certificate Program.

The association and school organized a lunch on June 3 at the picturesque lakeshore campus which allowed members of RESCON – the voice of the builders – to meet with the program’s 12 students. This talented dozen aim to be placed with builders in 14-week internships this fall. All of the students are graduates of GBC’s three-year construction engineering technology program....  Read more...

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TECH CORNER: Net-zero will be future requirement for residential construction
June 30th, 2015 3:53 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON



Net-zeroenergy (NZE) buildings are the requirement of the future.

Regulations and codes are currently being revised and changed which will impact all types of residential construction (both single-family and multi-residential) as well as commercial.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation defines an NZE building this way: “A net-zero energy (NZE) building is designed and built to reduce energy needs to a minimum and includes on-site renewable energy systems, so that the building may produce as much energy as it consumes on a yearly basis.”...  Read more...

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HEALTH & SAFETY: Monthly column launched
June 30th, 2015 2:45 pm

 Andrew Pariser / RESCON



RESCON’s re-established health and safety committee is up and running at full speed, so you can expect to see a monthly column on this crucial subject for our website and newsletter.

It will focus on current, upcoming and past health and safety issues in the residential construction industry featuring best practices, innovations and other information which will help builders navigate OHSA, the WSIB and MOL....  Read more...

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TECH CORNER: It's a green revolution for GTA residential construction
June 17th, 2015 5:09 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON



Green is a colour used in all kinds of ways: money, marketing of environmentally friendly materials, discussions concerning energy conservation, sustainability and climate change.

However, the economic impact of the various uses of the word green is challenging:

- the way we currently design and construct our multi-residential projects;
- the ability to produce affordable housing;
- the knowledge base required to ensure profitability upon completion of a project....  Read more...
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LYALL'S FILES: RESCON team concludes mission in Denmark
May 22nd, 2015 10:20 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON



This has been an incredible fact-finding mission for the RESCON team in Sweden and Denmark.

Sadly, it has come to a conclusion, but we're going to keep posting about what we've learned in the weeks to come here on rescon.com/blog, so stay tuned.

Here's a quick overview of what we saw today ......  Read more...
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LYALL’S FILES: Healthy homes design chat in Denmark gets ideas flowing for RESCON team
May 21st, 2015 9:13 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON



It was an intense tour through Copenhagen’s incredibly innovative new communities today capped with an eye-opening presentation on Active House Alliance.

If you follow the residential construction industry, you may have heard about Active House in November after the initiative in Toronto by Great Gulf Homes (a RESCON member and one of the founding companies of Active House) won the Wood WORKS! award for best residential wood design. This is an all-important subject for us as we continue our fact-finding mission on mid-rise wood-frame construction in the Danish capital after four fascinating days in Stockholm, Sweden. ...  Read more...

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LYALL’S FILES: RESCON team awed by 8-storey wood-frame condo in Sweden
May 19th, 2015 7:12 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON

 

We’ve seen the future of wood-frame construction in Ontario. It's 6,300 kilometres northeast in Scandinavia.

A team of RESCON staff and builder members are in Sweden – and when it comes to innovative residential construction, this country of 9.7 million punches above its weight. Especially with mid-rise wood-frame building.

This is important to our industry in Ontario because of the change to the Ontario Building Code that occurred on Jan. 1 this year when the limit of wood-frame buildings was raised from four storeys to six. ...  Read more...

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LYALL’S FILES: Hammarby, Sweden, gives Toronto builders inspiration for mid-rise wood-frame construction
May 18th, 2015 8:10 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON


 

Hej hej!

It’s Day 3 for the RESCON team in Stockholm. Saturday, we flew from Toronto to Copenhagen to here; Sunday, we were free to splash through the rain to see this beautiful city; Monday, we headed south of the capital to the village of Hammarby Sjostad, the “city by the lake.”

Aiming for completion by 2020, it will be home to 28,000 people in 12,000 condo apartments in buildings no higher than seven storeys high that I could eye. The $6.5-billion Cdn project was the site of a proposed Olympic village in 1997 when Stockholm competed with Athens for the right to host the 2004 Games. Stockholm lost the bid, but there was a desire to continue with the project to redevelop this 204-hectare brownfield. ...  Read more...

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LYALL'S FILES: RESCON's mid-rise wood construction mission in Sweden, Denmark
May 15th, 2015 1:17 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON

A team of RESCON members and staff is flying to Sweden and Denmark today to learn from the world’s leading mid-rise wood-frame construction experts.

We’ve finally got one six-storey wood-frame permit application in Ontario – a future hotel in Hamilton – but that pales in comparison to the eight-storey condo we’ll see in Sundyberg, Sweden. ...  Read more...

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