Summer Heat:  Too Much of a Good Thing

Summer Heat: Too Much of a Good Thing

Here’s a scary statistic from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Association: an investigation of over two dozen heat-related incidents on work sites involved workers on their first day, and over 80 per cent involved workers who had only ...READ MORE
Social media marketing for your business (Part 1)

Social media marketing for your business (Part 1)

It’s a given in today’s competitive environment that a strong marketing presence on social media is key to a contractor’s successful brand development. Hopefully, increased brand awareness will lead to more leads, and those leads in turn will bring ...READ MORE
Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 5 of 5)

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 5 of 5)

Alexander Maurer, a Passive House and NZE consultant in Vancouver, wonders why Canada didn’t become a world leader in extremely efficient residential building, given our early lead with the Saskatchewan Conservation House as far back as 1977. By Joseph ...READ MORE
The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 3)

The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 3)

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) may be the answer for the residential housing industry By John Bleasby “Globally, labor-productivity growth in construction has averaged only one percent a year over the past two decades, compared with growth of 2.8 percent ...READ MORE
Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 4 of 5)

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 4 of 5)

This part of our story features a couple of large Passive House structures in Peterborough, Ontario and Vancouver. by Joseph Hough This is Part 4 of our 5 part series on Passive Houses. In this episode, we look at ...READ MORE
The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 2)

The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 2)

Wood frame panelization cuts time on the site, and more By John Bleasby Say “prefabricated” or “modular” housing and you might think of small, rectangular homes built in a factory and hauled down the highway on massive trailers. However, ...READ MORE
The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 1)

The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 1)

Three factors that point to a dramatic change in the future of Canadian home building This is the first a three-part series that will consider alternatives to the way many contractors approach a home building project. We start by ...READ MORE
Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 3 of 5)

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 3 of 5)

This is Part 3 of Joseph Hough’s 5-part series on how the Passive House arrived in Canada. In this part, Hough looks at a couple of modern day case studies of Passive House construction in Canada – and discusses ...READ MORE
Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 2 of 5)

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 2 of 5)

The Saskatchewan Conservation House, a pioneering energy-efficient house in Canada, was constructed in 1977. A 5-part series for contractors in which we outline the basics of the history of energy-efficient housing in Canada. In the first part (see here), ...READ MORE
Income sprinkling and your taxes – what’s changed?

Income sprinkling and your taxes – what’s changed?

The Federal Budget in February has tweaked some of the rules March 27, 2018 by John Bleasby Changes to taxation of passive income — the accumulation and investment of a company’s retained earnings, and the subsequent income earned from ...READ MORE