TECH CORNER: Turning Green into Profits
May 12th, 2015 3:46 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

It ain't easy being green -- but it can be beneficial for builders.

If you want to learn how building homes that meet the Toronto Green Standard (TGS) can help your business, RESCON is hosting a seminar that you shouldn’t miss. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: RESCON proud to help train youth at George Brown College
April 22nd, 2015 5:21 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON


It was just two years ago that Clint Kissoon and I had a eureka moment at lunch.

As we broke bread, the George Brown College executive and I came up with a fantastic program at GBC involving RESCON, the voice of the GTA’s builders: three-year diploma Construction Engineering Technology graduates could become ready-made residential construction management professionals through a 28-week certificate program; RESCON would provide funding and do its part to fill a jobs gap on sites all over the GTA.

Two months after that lunch, the program was up and running. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Letter to Minister Glen Murray, MOECC
April 21st, 2015 2:17 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON


Dear Minister:

Re: Climate Change Discussion Paper

RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Ontario) welcomes the opportunity to participate in the Climate Change Discussion and congratulates the Minister for this initiative. ...  Read more...

WSIB rate review
April 15th, 2015 4:55 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON


The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has launched a rate review process with the goal of moving towards an NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System).

This issue is a big deal for builders. Here’s why: this will potentially influence how you pay your rates over the next 10-20 years. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Tony Dean and the quest for reforming OCOT
March 31st, 2015 2:58 pm
Richard Lyall / RESCON

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is under the microscope.

This spring, the province’s former top civil servant Tony Dean will travel across Ontario to get input about the College’s role, how it is performing on issues related to the practice of the trades and whether it should be reformed.

That’s why we felt strongly about launching the Dawson Report this week, which highlights the need for a modernized skilled trades and apprenticeship system. ...  Read more...
HEALTH & SAFETY: Working at heights
March 17th, 2015 2:51 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Andrew Pariser

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Welcome to my debut column on our blog.

In this space, I will write about health and safety issues that come up with the more than 100 builders that we represent from around the GTA.

Today’s issue is of vital importance to all of our members: the province’s new Working at Heights standard.

Any workers on construction sites must complete a Working at Heights training program approved by Ontario’s chief prevention officer (CPO). ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Tarion proves to be friend of the industry
March 11th, 2015 3:09 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON


RESCON recently held a very successful and engaging seminar with a lively panel of four experts called “Tarion: Partner or Adversary.”

The people who attended this sold-out event learned that the new-home warranty program is indeed a partner of the residential construction industry. However, as was discussed frequently by the panelists and members of the audience, this relationship has room for improvement.

The members of the panel included: Scott Rowand, manager of stakeholder relations with Tarion; real estate lawyer Leor Margulies of Robins Appleby; developer David Speigel of Tribute Communities, and senior property manager Naseer Abbasi of Del Property Management. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Don't miss crucial Tarion talk!
February 17th, 2015 2:37 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

Tarion has a tremendous impact on your business and that’s why you should attend RESCON’s crucial, interactive panel discussion on Feb. 26.

 While RESCON sees Ontario’s new-home warranty program as an important strategic partner, Tarion is also in the unique position of being an industry regulator. At times, this complex role leads to tension.

 That’s why our Builders Association will host a constructive, positive conversation with a diverse industry panel sharing their Tarion experiences with our members, and answering their questions directly on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: One-day conference key for arrival of six-wood
February 5th, 2015 5:26 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Six-storey wood-frame construction is here to stay, but the residential construction industry is still a long way from fully implementing it into streetscapes across Ontario.

New Year’s Day saw a change to the Ontario Building Code went into effect allowing the construction of wood-frame buildings up to six storeys, rising from four, across the province. Wood will open up new business for our industry. There are certain corners of towns and cities that can use some additional density, in accordance with the directive by the provincial growth plan, and six-storey wood-frame construction will allow builders and municipalities to fulfill this goal. Not too tall, not too short. It’s an exciting time for our industry.

Now, construction leaders are trying to figure out what steps they have to take to start building five- and six-storey projects. That’s where RESCON comes in.

We are the lead sponsors for the upcoming Toronto Mid-Rise Symposium, a one-day conference hosted by Ontario Wood WORKS! that focuses on how to create mid-rise wood-frame homes. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Translating housing's technical issues
February 3rd, 2015 3:07 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON

Michael Steele

Are you looking for info and answers to questions on technical issues that affect multi-residential construction in Ontario? Then this is the space where you will find the answers you seek.

We’ll be tackling issues that impact residential construction such as: inconsistent interpretations of the OBC, proposed code changes, new regulations and standards, affordability and Tarion.

And we want your input and questions so we can be as current and interactive as possible, using plain language to cut through the jargon. ...  Read more...

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