Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.
Winter's coming: it's a spooky thought to have on Halloween.
Every builder knows that the season joining the frightful fall and the wicked winter (and shadowy spring) is furnace season.
But this year, furnace season is a little bit different. We have reached out to every RESCON ghost and goblin on several occasions in recent months, but it's worth saying this again
Most furnace manufacturers have prohibited the use of their equipment for construction heating purposes by including this blood-curdling clause in their installation instructions: "Gas furnaces manufactured on or after May 1, 2017 are not permitted to be used in Canada for heating of buildings or structures under construction." As a result, Residential Finishing Heat protocols were developed to allow a furnace to be used after drywall installation, taping and priming was completed.
However, furnace manufacturer Trane has not followed suit and left this clause out of their furnace installation instructions, enabling their furnaces to be used for construction heat. As per TSSA and Enbridge, "Furnaces manufactured prior to May 1, 2017 or others not reflecting the above statement are allowed to be used for construction heat as long as the certified manufacturer's instructions do not prohibit such use."
We have been in contact with HRAI and are awaiting further information as they are in discussions with the other furnace manufacturers. We will issue an update as soon as we get more information.

Meantime, if you have any questions about construction heat, please email Paul De Berardis at

Below, you'll find links to stories on Bill 148 and OCOT, my recent appearance on CTV News Network's Power Play, stories on Tridel and Tribute, a radio interview on hurricane ties, and RCCAO's Andy Manahan writes in the Toronto Star about why the Gardiner's eastern section should not be torn down.

Enjoy the trick-or-treaters, and stay warm tonight!

Richard Lyall, President

BILL 148 / OCOT  
Queen's Park decisions the right call  

RESCON applauds the Ontario government announcement that it will repeal parts of Bill 148, and wind down the Ontario College of Trades.

Read the government press release here.
Read RESCON'S press release here.
Read RESCON's story in HOMES Publications here.
Read Daily Commercial News stories on industry reactions here: Part 1; Part 2.

Tridel talks labour; Tribute looks at innovation

Tridel tells the Daily Commercial News it is determined to push ahead despite the current challenges facing construction. Read the story here.

Meanwhile, Tribute Communities is featured in HOMES Magazine for their innovative Savings by Design partnership with Enbridge. Read the story here.


Tariff could hit high-rise hard 

 Lyall appears on CTV News Network's news and politics program "Power Play" to discuss the ramifications of imposing a tariff on foreign steel.

Click here to read the story and watch Lyall's televised interview.
Read the Globe and Mail story here.

They're not that helpful: RESCON to Newstalk

Why doesn't Ontario mandate hurricane ties? Because they offer insignificant protection when a tornado hits, says RESCON's Paul De Berardis.  

Find the Newstalk 1010 interview here (scroll down to Oct. 5).


RCCAO touts expressway's value in Star   

Executive director Andy Manahan and Ryerson's Murtaza Haider explain why turning the eastern Gardiner into an eight-lane boulevard is a bad idea.

Read their Toronto Star op-ed here.

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