3-D renderings could be your best new sales tool

3-D renderings could be your best new sales tool

“Nothing blows the socks off a prospect more than a 3-D color rendering.” By John Bleasby As more contractors choose a design-build business model, the ability for prospects to accurately visualize their new home or renovation becomes part of ...READ MORE
Responsible material choices from the ground up.  Reflect a concern for the planet without being radical

Responsible material choices from the ground up. Reflect a concern for the planet without being radical

By John Bleasby Making decisions regarding the use of responsible, sensible building materials is really a matter of considering all the factors that go into that component’s production, delivery and installation. For builders looking to attract the increasing number ...READ MORE
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
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