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
Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 1 of 5)

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 1 of 5)

A 5-part series for contractors in which we outline the basics of the history of energy-efficient housing in Canada. Editor’s Note: This article was submitted to Canadian Contractor Magazine by Joseph Hough, an apprentice carpenter in Vancouver with a lifelong interest ...READ MORE
Ontario’s mandatory home energy audits: Boon or Boondoggle?

Ontario’s mandatory home energy audits: Boon or Boondoggle?

Ontario realtors call it, “expensive, inefficient and risky” By John Bleasby There’s a dramatic split in opinion between leading industry organizations regarding the cost/benefits of impending mandatory home EnerGuide audits in Ontario. The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) and ...READ MORE
Doing the Step Code Two-Step

Doing the Step Code Two-Step

Are municipal councils in BC recognizing the risks of Step Code? By John Bleasby British Columbia’s Step Code, a five-level graduated pathway to Net Zero Energy ready residential construction, has been lauded by governments and environmental policy advisors across ...READ MORE
Heard about HER&D? It will change the way you build or renovate houses

Heard about HER&D? It will change the way you build or renovate houses

Before codes require NZE, builders will need to know about energy rating disclosure By John Bleasby HER&D is the word! Home Energy Rating and Disclosure (HER&D) is coming to Ontario possibly as soon as 2019, and after that perhaps ...READ MORE
The best present from the boss? Making the team happier at work!

The best present from the boss? Making the team happier at work!

Job satisfaction is a win-win for employers and the people who get things done by John Bleasby Here’s a shocking statistic: a lot of people are not happy with the way their careers in the construction industry are going. ...READ MORE
Sealing the envelope — Meeting the Net Zero Energy challenge

Sealing the envelope — Meeting the Net Zero Energy challenge

Can our industry balance home affordability with energy-efficiency requirements? by John Bleasby With Net Zero Energy-ready the ultimate goal for new Canadian housing by 2030, one might consider energy-efficiency, internal air quality and energy generation the three critical columns ...READ MORE
Why contractors may want to choose a non-calendar year-end

Why contractors may want to choose a non-calendar year-end

By Mahyar K. Hansotia, President of Sobel and Company, Professional Corporation Given the seasonality of the homebuilding and renovations industry, having a Dec. 31 year end may not always be your best strategy Choosing a year-end for your corporation ...READ MORE
TrustedPros’ data peeks into the minds of the consumer

TrustedPros’ data peeks into the minds of the consumer

Who is the most trusted? Who is the least? How did they get that way? By John Bleasby One of Canada’s leading peer review platforms, TrustedPros, has released a report based on data collected over 13 years from their Canadian website, indicating ...READ MORE
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