Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.
The future of housing is coming to Toronto, and RESCON members are being offered a discount to attend.

The seventh Active House symposium will be held at Evergreen Brick Works on Sept. 16-17, which will be the first time it will be held in North America.

Active House is a European building practice that is based on a balanced and holistic approach to building design and performance.

The event will bring together industry professionals to cultivate an arena of conversations and education surrounding sustainable building design. Each building is evaluated on three core principles: comfort (the indoor climate conditions), energy consumption and impact on the environment.   

"The vision of Active House is the construction and design of buildings that create healthier and more comfortable lives for their occupants without a negative impact on the climate, moving towards a cleaner, healthier and safer world," says RESCON past chair Tad Putyra of Great Gulf Homes, who will open the conference.

Other speakers and participants from the GTA include: builder/architect Alex Speigel; engineer/executive Subhi Alsayed; architect Andre D'Elia; and engineer Russell Ibbotson. Read about Ibbotson's live-in Active House experimentation in my column this Saturday in the Toronto Sun.

RESCON members will receive a $100 discount from registration -- email and let them know you saw this in the RESCON newsletter.

For more information, go to

Also in this newsletter: a scary Halloween deadline looms for Sidewalk Labs; the Globe and Mail talks to RESCON about job troubles in low-rise; Novae Res Urbis talks to us about the Yellowbelt; I write about the City of Toronto's green standard; and Andy Manahan talks to Daily Commercial News about the late David Caplan, a former Ontario minister and industry executive who made a big impact on provincial infrastructure.

Enjoy your holiday weekend with your families and friends, and best of luck with heading back to school!

Richard Lyall, President

A look at Sidewalk Labs, Green Standard

Sidewalk Labs should lead the eastern waterfront's development, he writes for HOMES Publishing; T.O.'s green standard isn't delivering, he says in the Sun.

Read the HOMES column here.
Read the Sun column here.


Framing and bricklaying impacted, Lyall says

The GTA's low-rise construction saw a dip during the spring which hurt construction jobs, RESCON's president tells Globe reporter Janet McFarland.

Read the story here.


Builders tackle the missing middle

Lyall tells NRU that builder/developers of all sizes are busy working to help increase missing middle housing stock in the Greater Toronto Area.

Click here for the story.

It's time to prepare for building in the cold

Let's set the record straight for how to use construction heat, writes RESCON in-house engineer Paul De Berardis in his blog.

Read the article here.


Caplan an innovator for infrastructure 

The late David Caplan "always had an open-door policy" as infrastructure minister, says executive director Andy Manahan. Other industry executives also pay tribute.

Read the Daily Commercial News article here.

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