Category: Organization

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
Energy audits are coming! What do builders need to know?

Energy audits are coming! What do builders need to know?

Who are these “energy advisors” and what do the energy ratings mean? By John Bleasby Decades ago, home inspectors rode into town, offering home-buyers honest third party assessments of homes on the resale market. Now, in the current environment ...READ MORE
Building materials of the past; where are they today?

Building materials of the past; where are they today?

‘They don’t build them like they used to!” (Maybe with good reason!) October 24, 2017 by John Bleasby Nostalgia just isn’t what it used to be, or is it? Are you someone who feels that many things today are ...READ MORE
Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

New construction or renovation, walls or floors. Each has challenges and solutions by John Bleasby Soundproofing arises as a major frustration for owners of both new and renovated homes alike. Whether it’s a semi-detached home with the future ACDC ...READ MORE
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