Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.

May 2015

A RESCON team has just returned from Stockholm and Copenhagen after a fact-finding trade mission for mid-rise construction, where mid-rise is king -- mostly five- to eight-storey residential buildings boasting an enormous range of creative design varieties holistically supported by family-friendly public space and other cutting edge services.   

These are two of the most beautiful, livable and sustainable cities in the world considered to be at the cutting edge of mid-rise development. Politicians, business professionals, designers and the public work effectively together developing exciting new communities. Contrast that with Toronto, where powerful ratepayer groups continue to aggressively oppose smart growth and good density out of fear it might negatively impact home values. More on this subject in my column in today's Toronto Sun's New Homes & Condos section (and Sunday if you get home delivery for The Sunday Sun).

Or just click this link.

Below, we have links to four blogs that we produced while on Scandinavia trade mission. We hope they shed some light on their innovation and spark some ideas.

Also in this newsletter: my column in the Sun on a George Brown College graduate who successfully landed at a builder after completing her RESCON-sponsored certificate. The school is looking for RESCON builders who can take on students for a 14-week placement.

Alek Antoniuk's Code News returns, and we have links to relevant news items over the past few weeks.

Feel free to get in touch with us at or @_RESCON.


RESCON program graduate blazes a trail for women in construction: Lyall in Toronto Sun

Maryam Mohammad Amin has realized her dream: a career in construction.

The 28-year-old is one of the graduates of last year's Residential Construction Management Certificate Program at George Brown College -- sponsored by RESCON -- and is blazing a trail for women in the industry.

Together, GBC and RESCON are trying to fill the labour gap. They're looking for RESCON builders to help this year's 14 students with 14 weeks of placement.

Read Lyall's Toronto Sun column at this link.

More on the program on RESCON's blog.


RESCON's Scandinavian mid-rise mission

Part of the RESCON team mills about in Kroyers Square, a funky 105-apartment mid-rise community in beautiful Copenhagen.

Our team travelled across the Atlantic to take a look at construction methods in Sweden and Denmark, and were amazed to see what the future of the GTA could look like.

Read our first blog on Hammarby Sjostad in Stockholm here.

Our second blog on Strandparken's six- and eight-storey wood-frame buildings here.

Click here for our third blog on a Copenhagen supplier's sustainability link to Toronto.

Read our fourth blog on Kroyers Square here.

Alek Antoniuk's
Code News

On March 19, 2015, three members of the Building Code Commission of Ontario met to hear evidence concerning a project located in a city in Ontario. This project is a large multi-storey residential building. The three members of the Commission made a ruling, which was delivered to the applicant and the respondent the following month, but the ruling remains unavailable to the general public, despite requests for its release.

Click here to read Antoniuk's full column.

Cigarette in diaper pail causes $16.3M fire
in condo complex

Fire safety is a critical topic for any builder. So we thought it was important to highlight what has become a recurring problem in Edmonton that no one wants to see in the GTA.

A fire in an Edmonton mid-rise condo complex, four storeys high, caused $16.3-million worth of damage, and is one of 55 fires in large residential buildings in the Alberta capital over the last four or five years caused by careless smoking. 
Click here to read the story.

'Density Creep' debate heats up in Toronto

Anti-density campaigners, known as NIMBYists to some, battle developers that they say are bending the rules, the Toronto Star reports.

The battleground is on Keewatin Ave. in midtown Toronto where 80 units of the Trolleybus Urban Developments proposal would stand 14.6 metres tall. The Star reports that maximum height permitted under zoning laws in the area is nine metres; developers propose setbacks of between 6.5 and 7.5 metres from the street; the minimum required by law is nine metres.

Read the Toronto Star's story at this link.

RCCAO boss riffs
on transit, budget

Andy Manahan has penned a two-part series on why we need to take the politics out of transit planning, building on the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario's four-part transit series on

To read Manahan's first of two columns in the Daily Commercial News (via ReNew magazine), click here.

To read the second, click here.

Next, the RCCAO executive director weighs in on the Liberals' infrastructure-focused budget.

Read DCN's story here.

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