Category: Organization

Apprenticeship initiatives from coast-to-coast attempt to fill the funnel

Apprenticeship initiatives from coast-to-coast attempt to fill the funnel

Innovative programs are addressing the national skilled trade crisis by John Bleasby Canada’s shortage of skilled trades continues to be an issue in most provinces across the country, with new initiatives being created to engage, encourage and recruit a ...READ MORE
Home-based contracting businesses need specific insurance coverage

Home-based contracting businesses need specific insurance coverage

Standard homeowner policies are not adequate to cover all risks  by John Bleasby  You started out small with just a home office in the spare room. As the business grew, you hired some staff to work in the expanded home ...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
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
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
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